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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%

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

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

124 reviews
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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.
Small college town. Oddly enough even though population doubles during school time there is nothing to do in town after 7pm besides going to bars/drinking.

There are good, bad, rich and poor sides of the town much like most places. Job opportunities are very limited int his rural area.