Welcome to Yakima Valley

Much of the valley survives on as little as 8in of rain annually (Seattle gets 37in) and summer temperatures can rise to over 100°F.

The demand for agricultural labor during fruit-picking season has brought a large Mexican population and, with 40% of Yakima County's population registered as Hispanic, you'll hear 'buenos dias' as often as 'good morning.' The vast Yakama Native American Reservation to the southwest adds a strong Native American element.

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Yakima Valley in detail