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Welcome to Yakima ...

The city of Yakima is located in Yakima County<1> and is the County Seat for Yakima County.

The pronunciation of Yakima: YACK-uh-mah<2>

Yakima was established in 1847.

When the people of Yakima refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Yakiman<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Yakima has a population of 93,859 people<4> (see below for details).

The community of Yakima is 1,180 feet [360 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Yakima lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Yakima: (509)

The ZIP code for Yakima: 98901<6>

Websites for Yakima ...

Official Website: www.ci.yakima.wa.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Yakima had an population of 93,859 people. This is an increase of 3.07% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 30.64% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Yakima had a population of 91,067 people (or 37.44% of the total population of Yakima County). This makes Yakima the county's most populous community.

The population of Yakima represents 1.35% of the total population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 8th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 91,067 people, the population of Yakima increased 26.75% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 71,845 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Yakima.

Communities near Yakima ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Yakima.

  • Toppenish
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
  • Wapato
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
  • Moxee
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Zillah
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
  • Tieton
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Naches
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Harrah
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
  • West Valley
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • West Valley is located in Yakima County
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Valley
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on West Valley
  • Ahtanum
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Ahtanum is located in Yakima County
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ahtanum
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Ahtanum
  • Gleed
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Yakima. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Yakima.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Yakima. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Yakima.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Yakima. Our list includes 10 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Yakima.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Yakima ...

Looking for more information about Yakima? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Yakima, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Yakima.

Adding Yakima to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Yakima in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Yakima was in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

We also found Yakima in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Yakima.

The official website for Yakima: www.ci.yakima.wa.us/

The official website for Yakima County: www.pan.co.yakima.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Yakima, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Yakima. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Yakima refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Yakima may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Yakima.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Yakima - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Yakima). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Yakima or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

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