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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Yakima is a town in Washington with a population of 93,182. Yakima is in Yakima County. Living in Yakima offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Yakima there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Yakima and residents tend to have moderate political views.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$160,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$789
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Yakima 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
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    250.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    17
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    128.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    665.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,354.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    538.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    25%
    13%

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I love Yakima, the moderate size of the city and the population that makes it simultaneously feel like a modern city and a farm community. There is a strong agricultural influence, as the Yakima area is one of the top apple producers in the country. The acres surrounding where I live are covered in orchards, hops and many trees. The schools in the valley are well-maintained and are of good quality. Options for work, recreation, and living are plentiful with wide arrays of restaurants, stores in multiple locations providing varying services and goods; and centers for skating, swimming, and other physical recreation. The city is mildly diverse with a large percentage of the population being Hispanic and the demographics of young teens to older adults are fairly equal. We have many well-maintained government services such as extensive medical care, plentiful retirement homes and public centers for learning and communicating.
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Yakima is an agricultural town. We have award winning wineries available all around the Yakima Valley. Not only are we known for our impeccable wines, we grow fruit that is found in your very own grocery stores. Apples, pears, cherries, and peaches to name a few. Yakima is centrally located, where you experience all four seasons. We are a few hours away from Seattle, gorgeous west coast beaches, and beautiful mountains such as; Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Baker. Bring your skis and surf boards! We have everything you need!
Yakima is a place growing in diversity and experiences. It is a small city that feels more like a small town. Placed on the foothills of the Cascades, hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing are all just a short drive from town. There is also community events like free concerts and farmer's markets. "Rush hour" is having to wait at the same light for two cycles. Jobs in the agricultural industry are numerous along with the beer and wine industries. Unfortunately, there is currently an increase of people moving to Yakima, which isn't bad, except they come from places where the cost of living in significantly higher. This has made the Real Estate Market in Yakima can be a very tough place for locals. There is also noticable gange tags, but I do not feel that this is different than other cities I have been in. Overall, I like living in Yakima, and have enjoyed getting to know the community and area.