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Yakima in Washington has a median household income of $44,950. Census Tract 4 had the highest median household income in Yakima in 2019, with a value of $78,549, followed by Census Tract 28.02 and Census Tract 8, with values of $73,801 and $71,395, respectively.
The name Wenatchee is derived from the names of a river, a valley, and a tribe in the region. Although the tribe's name was Wenachi in English, the town was founded between the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers in Chelan County, where it is still located today. Wenatchee is also the county seat of Chelan County.
Grant County has a 7.1 percent unemployment rate (U.S. avg. is 6.0 percent ). Recent job growth has been encouraging. Grant County job growth has been 0.7 percent.
Yakima is the county headquarters of Yakima County in Washington, as well as the state's eleventh-largest city by population. The city has a total population of 96,968 as of the 2020 census, with a metropolitan population of 256,728. West Valley and Terrace Heights, both unincorporated suburbs, are considered to be part of larger Yakima.
Ellensburg, the county seat of Kittitas County, lies three miles from the junction of the Yakima River and Wilson Creek, at Washington's geographic center. The Kittitas band of Yakama Indians and other Columbia plateau tribes congregated around the location. The town was formed in 1871 by John Shoudy and Mary Ellen Stewart Shoudy, who platted the first streets in 1875.