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A+ Yakima Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Yakima Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% lower than Washington
964% less expensive than the US average
11616% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Yakima cost of living
F Yakima Crime Total crime is 23% higher than Washington
Total crime
4,00655% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2555% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-31%Year over year crime is down
Yakima crime
F Yakima Employment Household income is 35% lower than Washington
Median household income
$40,95126% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,78830% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%32% higher than the US average
Yakima employment
B- Yakima Housing Home value is 41% lower than Washington
Median home value
$158,40014% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$77718% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Yakima real estate or Yakima rentals
F Yakima Schools HS graduation rate is 22% lower than Washington
High school grad. rates
68%18% lower than the US average
School test scores
36%27% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:117% higher than the US average
Yakima K-12 schools or Yakima colleges

Living in Yakima, WA

Yakima, Washington is a moderately-sized city with a population of 93,338 residents. With a population density of 3,362 people per square mile, Yakima is well above the nation's average density level. According to the most recent Census, 75% of Yakima residents are White, 2% Black and 2% American Indian and Alaskan. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Yakima are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 36% of the population also speak Spanish. With an average age of 33 years old, Yakima could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Living in Yakima can be a good experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Washington, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Yakima and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Washington and national averages.

With a livability score of 65 out of 100, Yakima is ranked #17,801 in the United States and #366 in Washington. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Yakima has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and housing (B-). The bad news for Yakima, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Yakima on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Blackwood Canyon, Yakima Valley Museum, and Bonair Winery.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Yakima. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Yakima are affordable. Median real estate prices in Yakima come in at $158,400, which is 41.2% lower than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Yakima, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 9.3% lower than the Washington average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Yakima area were 5.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Yakima Rack and Roll Kayak Trailer

Recently bought this trailer, 78 inch version and ran into a few problems, but the biggest complaint is that lack of service or care by Yakima. Here is what I ran into...1) Counter sunk holes for license bracket too small for screws provided. This caused a problem with the license plate light attaching correctly. Yakima sent me a new kit but it had the same problem. Duh Yakima! Fixed myself by enlarging the counter sinking of hole.2) Wiring for license light routed to the wrong side of the trailer. Fixed myself by pulling out the wiring, and fishing it to the correct (L) side of trailer so it can be connected to proper socket. Duh Yakima!3) Instructions for safety mast and what was provided for mounting it didn't coincide. Fixed myself but mast tends to fall over. Didn't bother with Yakima this time.4) The axle bolt has a head size that is not standard to any SAE or Metric size. The only wrench you can use is an adjustable one. Manual states you only will need 16, 18, 21, and 22 mm wrenches, but as an options can use an adjustable one. I found this out after I bought wrenches for putting the trailer together. Yakima didn't see this as a problem. Duh Yakima!Clearly their attention to quality control is failing. They stated their "integrity guy" didn't see any of this as a problem. I'd say their integrity guy doesn't have much Integrity. Trailer otherwise is nice, goes together well outside of the above issues. I had a hard time understanding what you could upgrade the 66 inch to and what wouldn't work. When looking at online sites and then reading through Yakima's site it became a bit clearer what you could use on the 66 inch versus 78. Many online sites are misstating about heavy duty shocks, bars, etc. I would have opt'd for the 66 instead of the 78 inch had it been clearer. Duh me I guess.
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Yakima, Washington - Gateway to the Columbia River

I grew up in Yakima, it's a small city, part of the tri cities in south eastern Washington state, and even though there's really not much going on in Yakima its one of my favorite places on earth. Yakima doesn't have much in the way of culture or shopping because it is mostly a farming/ranching town, but what makes it great is the amount of outdoor activities in the area.

Yakima is near the Columbia gorge, a huge canyon that cradles the Columbia River. Boating, kayaking, fishing and my personal favorite windsurfing can all be done on the river. In fact the Yakima area of the Columbia River is the windsurfing capital of the world! Constant winds from 30-50 mph push their way through the gorge 24 hours a day. It's amazing to experience.

Yakima itself is surrounded by desert and scrub brush. If you like horseback riding, camping or hiking Yakima is the place to go. Beautiful skies every day display a range of purple and red colors as the sun sets. Warm weather pretty much all year make Yakima a great place. If you love wine Yakima is the place to go. A little know secret, Yakima is actually the second largest area in the US for grape and wine production. Hundreds of vineyards surround the areas offer wine tastings and tours for those who interested.
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Source: The Yakima, WA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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