Located in south-central Washington, the city of Yakima attracts those who enjoy an arid climate and relaxing lifestyle alongside the benefits of city living. Yakima has a population of approximately 91,000, making it the eighth-most populated city in the state. The metro population within a 20-mile radius of the city tops 125,000.
Situated in the Yakima Valley, Yakima is known for having four distinct seasons and an abundance of clear, sunny days throughout the year. With a climate and soil conducive to growing grapes, Yakima has emerged as a destination spot for wine-lovers, and features over 50 local wineries and many wine-related festivals.
In addition to providing the grapes for over half of the wine produced in the state of Washington, the Yakima Valley also produces about 75% of the hops grown in the United States each year.
The Yakima River flows alongside the city, providing plenty of fishing and recreational opportunities. Also featured along the river are a wildlife sanctuary, several parks and a beautiful 10-mile trail conducive to walking, jogging, bird watching, and cycling.
Many small lakes dot the area north of the city, providing additional fishing and swimming spots during the summer months.
In addition to abundant recreation, Yakima residents can enjoy big-city amenities including a world-class symphony, a beautiful theater that hosts touring Broadway musicals, local theater performances, and a downtown area that offers residents and visitors a variety of shopping and dining pleasures.
Post-secondary education opportunities include one of the oldest community colleges in the state, Yakima Valley Community College, and a recently established medical school that graduated its first class of osteopathic physicians in 2012.