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
    C+
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$195,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$758
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    67%
  • Own
    33%

Ellensburg Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    74
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    26
    41
  • Robbery
    37
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    503
    525
  • Theft
    2,397
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    164
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,952
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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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!
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I've lived in Ellensburg for three and a half years while I attended school at Central Washington University. The University is a great option for higher education, with affordable tuition and small class sizes. The town is surprisingly enjoyable. It's small and rural, so you can walk almost everywhere, but there is also plenty happening: live music, good restaurants and bars, farmers market, festivals and events, etc. With lots of local ranchers and farmers in the same area as liberal arts majors, there's an interesting mix of characters that ensures everyone can find their niche here in Ellensburg.
Well, so far it is an alright location to attend school. I go to CWU, and am attending to finish out a degree in Clinical Physiology in hopes in becoming a Physical Therapist. The community is pretty nice, but there isn't much diversity. I hail from Federal Way Washington where there are people of every ethnicity and some don't even speak English, which in my opinion is completely fine.
Other than that, a pretty splendid place to finish out a four year degree.