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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$206,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$807
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    69%
  • Own
    31%
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Ellensburg Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    89
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    26
    41
  • Robbery
    31
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    454
    500
  • Theft
    2,789
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    209
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$31,644
National
$55,322
Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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Ellensburg Reviews

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Ellensburg is a beautiful town, highly photogenic so if there are any photography majors out there come here to stage photo shoots! The sunsets appear as though God sent his angels to paint the sky an array of white light, red, and of course orange and purple hues. I love the campus; the architecture reminds me of old style churches, especially Black Hall, the education building. The staff here is majorly friendly although there might be some issues with those of the science department as their leniency is not that great.
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Ellensburg is a nice, quiet, university town with a strong agricultural base. The university community is fairly liberal and diverse, reflective of the nearby Seattle-Tacoma area metropolis, while the longtime residents are a more small-town conservative bunch, though generally the two get along well. Due to the university the town enjoys some facilities and opportunities which would otherwise probably not be found in a town of this size, including large event venues, diverse speaker series and performances, and a wealth of education students assisting in local schools. The climate is more pronounced than the west side of the state, though still more subdued than other parts of the country - summers are hot and dry, and winters are cold with frequent snow. In the winter, proximity to Snoqualmie Pass's ski areas makes the town a hit with winter sports enthusiasts, while in the summer the area's numerous high backcountry trails and the Yakima River offer a variety of outdoor activities.
Ellensburg is a beautiful, clean, fun, and safe town that has the most friendly people in it. Every year over labor day weekend, Ellensburg puts on a Rodeo & Fair that I think everyone should attend. People from all over the country travel to Ellensburg to attend this event. Downtown Ellensburg has a "old historic look" to it that the town has preserved very well over the years. Central Washington University is also located in Ellensburg. I believe Ellensburg is the perfect size town for almost anyone!