Yakima County is the leading County in Washington State in the production of apples, sweet cherries, pears and melons, including watermelon, cantaloupe and muskmelon. There are hundreds of acres of peaches, nectarines, plums/prunes, apricots, and other soft fruits.Yakima is also the leading producer of squash (summer and winter) and peppers (bell and chile) in Washington and has over 3,600 acres of sweet corn.
From May to September, roadside vegetable stands are loaded with asparagus, onions, snap beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Sometimes you may find crops like sweet potatoes, peanuts or okra where producers rely on greenhouse plantings to extend the growing season for crops normally found further South.
Yakima County is also the leading county in the nation in the production of hops. There are nearly 19,000 acres of hops planted and harvested annually. Hops are the essential ingredient in the world-renowned brews of the Pacific Northwest.
Benefits of Living In Yakima!
Population - Yakima is the largest city in Yakima County with a population of about 92,000. That makes it the 9th largest city in Washington State. Most of the people who founded Yakima were of European descent, yet today the Yakima community enjoys a rich mixture of people from many cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Weather - Yakima regularly boasts about its 300 days of sunshine each year and 4 distinct seasons. Daytime temperatures in the spring are usually in the 60s and 70s, and some rain is likely to fall. Overall, Yakima’s climate is mild and mostly dry, with the area averaging only about 8 inches of precipitation each year.
Entertainment - No matter how you decide to explore the Yakima Valley, you’re bound to find a pleasant mix of perfect weather, craft beverage tours, museums, wineries, farms, spas, shopping, casinos, golf, and other sports and live music. You will never be bored here!
Housing Affordability - The Yakima Valley offers extensive housing options. Residents can find horse ranches, historic homes, downtown condos, resort communities, and wide-ranging neighborhoods to fulfill their unique needs and aspirations. Yakima County is fortunate to have a relatively stable residential real estate market. Because of the region’s agricultural economy, area residents and real estate investors have experienced slower growth in real estate values.