10 Interesting Facts About Yakima, Washington

Interesting Facts About Yakima

Facts About Yakima

  • The new town was named North Yakima and then later changed to Yakima in the year 1918.
  • The name Yakima originates from the Yakama Nation Native American tribe, whose reservation is located south of the city.
  • the city has a total area of 27.69 sq mi (71.72 km2), of which, 27.18 sq mi (70.40 km2) is land and 0.51 sq mi (1.32 km2) is water.
  • Yakima is 1095 feet above mean sea level.
  • Yakima is twinned with the following sister cities Morelia Michoacán, Mexico & Itayanagi, Japan.
  • Yakima is a city in and the county seat of Yakima County, Washington, and the state’s 11th-largest city by population.
  • The unincorporated suburban areas of West Valley and Terrace Heights are considered a part of greater Yakima.
  • Yakima’s growth in the 20th century was fueled primarily by agriculture.
  • Yakima is one of the ten first-class cities, those with a population over 10,000 at the time of reorganization and operating under a home rule charter.
  • In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived and became aware of the rich soil and the vast amount of wildlife. The discovery led to homesteaders moving to the region.


Interesting Facts About Yakima
Interesting Facts About Yakima