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About Yakima

Yakima, Washington

Yakima (IPA: [ˈjæ.kɪ.mə]) is a city in central Washington and the county seat of Yakima County, USA. As of the 2000, the city had a total population of 71,845 and a metropolitan population of 229,094.[1] Yakima is situated in the Yakima Valley, which is noted for being one of the best apple-producing areas in the world, as well as a prime location for the production of hops. The name originates from the Yakama Nation. The Yakama Indian Reservation is located to the south and southeast of the city of Yakima.

Demographics

City of Yakima
Population by year [4]
18901,535
19003,154
191014,082
192018.539
193022,101
194027,221
195038,486
196042,284
197045,588
198049,826
199054,843
200071,845
est. 200581,214

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 71,845 people, 26,498 households, and 16,826 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,378.0/km² (3,569.9/mi²). There were 28,643 housing units at an average density of 549.4/km² (1,423.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.77% White, 1.99% African American, 2.00% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 21.97% from other races, and 3.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.70% of the population.

There were 26,498 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,475, and the median income for a family was $34,798. Males had a median income of $29,647 versus $23,629 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,920. About 17.1% of families and 22.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.3% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Yakima's growth in the 20th century was fueled primarily by agriculture. The Yakima Valley produces many fruit crops, including apples, peaches, pears, cherries, and melons. Many vegetables are also produced, including peppers, corn and beans. Many of the city's residents have come to the Valley out of economic necessity and to participate in the picking, processing, marketing and support services for the agricultural economy.

Largest employers in the Yakima area [5]
EmployerTypePersons employed 
1. Yakima Valley Memorial HospitalHospital1,500 
2. Yakima School DistrictEducation1,453 
3. DSHS - Division of Vocational RehabilitationSocial Services1,400 
4. Yakima CountyLocal government1,200 
5. Tree Top, Inc.Fruit processing1,150 
6. Yakima Regional Medical CenterHospital841 
7. City of YakimaLocal government711 
8. Washington Beef, LLCBeef processing620 
9. Yakama Legends CasinoCasino619 
10. Shields Bag & Printing Co.Printing/Packaging575 
11. Wal-MartDepartment store545
12. Borton & Sons Fruit & Cold StorageFruit growing & shipping524
13. Snokist GrowersCannery521
14. Yakima Training CenterMilitary512
15. EPICSocial services500
15. Washington State DOTGovernment500

The abandonment by retailers and other businesses of Yakima's downtown core is symbolic of the city's overall economic downturn. In the last five years, three major department stores and an entire shopping mall have closed for business. While several theories to "revitalize" the city's downtown have been put forth by civic leaders, none has proven effective. Presently, a hotel has been constructed in the place of the abandoned mall. The retail core of the city has now shifted to the city of Union Gap, where a renovated shopping mall and other new retail businesses are flourishing. While some see big-box retail leaving the downtown area as a loss, others see it as an opportunity to recast the downtown area as a center for events, services, entertainment and smaller, more personal shopping experiences. A bright spot in the economy of the Yakima Valley is the burgeoning wine industry, due in part to the Yakima Valley soil, which is very similar to the soil conditions of France. Over fifty wineries dot the Yakima Valley, covering more than 11,000 acres (45 km²).

The Japan Ground Self Defence Force conducts training annually in Yakima. Japanese soldiers train in Yakima because it allows for large-scale live fire maneuvers not available in Japan.

While there has been an economic downturn in downtown Yakima in recent years, the first phase of the Downtown Futures Initiative is nearly complete. The DFI has provided for a street to storefront remodel along Yakima Avenue throughout the entire downtown core, and includes new pedestrian-friendly lighting, water fountains, planters, banner poles, new trees and hanging baskets, all of which complement the new paver-inlaid sidewalks.

The early 2000s have seen the return to the downtown of the Sports Center Tavern, a local landmark, as well as the opening of The Hilton Garden Inn, The Speakeasy Bar, Grill & Nightclub, Kana Winery, Donitelia Winery, Yakima Cellars Winery, Seasons Performance Hall, Essencia Bakery, De Siga Gallery, and The Barrel House. Developers are aiming for an early 2008 completion for condominiums in the Bon Marche building of the former Yakima Mall.[6]

The events held downtown include Yakima Downtown New Year's Eve, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Yakima Live music festival, Yakima Summer Kickoff Party, Fresh Hop Ale Fest, a weekly Farmers' Market, and the Hot Shots 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

One tourist attraction is a pair of historic trolleys that operates each summer along five miles of tracks of the former Yakima Valley Transportation Company thru the Yakima Gap connecting Yakima and Selah.

Yakima has a large illegal immigrant community, which was drawn here largely by the agricultural aspect of the local economy.[citation needed] The effects of illegal immigration are routinely debated in the local paper and on local TV and radio stations.[citation needed]

Education

The city of Yakima is served in the field of education by six high schools (four public, two private) and soon-to-be three colleges (one community college, one technical institute, and one soon-to-be one medical school). The two main high schools are Davis High School and Eisenhower High School. They are both division 4A high schools with nearly 2000 students each.

The next biggest school is West Valley High School, a division 3A school with the total student population numbering about 1200.

On the outskirts of the east side is East Valley High School, a 2A School numbering about 900 or so students.

Christa McAuliffe Academy, and it's Washington ALE Public School ACHIEVE Online, offer World-Wide K-12 on-line education from their offices in Yakima. Christa McAuliffe Academy was founded to honor the "first teacher in space", and the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. Students and staff at Christa McAuliffe Academy are actively engaged in carrying on what Christa started: education that ventures beyond the normal boundaries and empowers the drive for discovery of things unknown. They salute Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut on the August 8, 2007 flight of the Space Shuttle Endevaour, as great role models.

Yakima also boasts two smaller, private schools. La Salle High School, located in Union Gap, is a Catholic high school in the 2B division and enrolls about 200 students. Riverside Christian School is a private Christian school that enrolls students from Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade. Riverside Christian is also a 2B school with students in grades 9-12 numbering about 150. There are also a number of alternative high schools in Yakima offered to students for various reasons such as Stanton Academy and O.I.C. Alternative.

Located in the middle of Yakima is the Yakima Valley Community College, otherwise known as YVCC, or just YVC. It is an average-size junior college made up of several buildings with dorms and two main lecture halls. The sports teams are called the Yaks and participate in athletics with various other community colleges in the area.

Perry Technical Institute, or Perry Tech, is another school of higher learning located in the city. Students there can learn trades such as refrigeration and electrical engineering.

Construction has begun on a new osteopathic medical school, named Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences The 80,000 square foot facility will be located on a 30-acre campus in the Terrace Heights area[7]. It is expected to open in the fall of 2008. [8]

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