Ellensburg, WA Demographics


Population (year 2000): 15,414. Estimated population in July 2005: 16,914 (+9.7% change)
Males: 7,511 (48.7%), Females: 7,903 (51.3%)

Kittitas County

Zip code: 98926

Median resident age: 23.6 years
Median household income: $20,034 (year 2000)
Median house value: $113,200 (year 2000)

Races in Ellensburg:

  • White Non-Hispanic (85.1%)
  • Hispanic (6.3%)
  • Other race (2.9%)
  • Two or more races (2.7%)
  • Japanese (2.0%)
  • American Indian (1.9%)
  • Black (1.2%)
  • Chinese (0.8%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (22.1%), English (11.5%), Irish (11.0%), Norwegian (7.3%), United States (4.8%), Italian (4.4%).

Elevation: 1540 feet

Land area: 6.6 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Ellensburg

  • High school or higher: 85.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 12.6%
  • Unemployed: 12.1%
  • Mean travel time to work: 15.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Ellensburg city

  • Never married: 51.8%
  • Now married: 33.6%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 8.0%

6.6% Foreign born (2.7% Asia, 2.2% Latin America, 1.2% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +2,635 (+20.6%).

Hospitals

Hospital/medical center in Ellensburg:

  • KITTITAS VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (603 S CHESTNUT)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Ellensburg:

  • PROVIDENCE YAKIMA MEDICAL CENTER (about 28 miles; YAKIMA, WA)
  • YAKIMA VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 28 miles; YAKIMA, WA)
  • CENTRAL WASHINGTON HOSPITAL (about 34 miles; WENATCHEE, WA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Ellensburg:

  • YAKIMA AIR TERMINAL/MCALLISTER FIELD (about 30 miles; YAKIMA, WA; ID: YKM)
  • PANGBORN MEMORIAL (about 36 miles; WENATCHEE, WA; ID: EAT)
  • GRANT CO INTL (about 87 miles; MOSES LAKE, WA; ID: MWH)
Other public-use airports nearest to Ellensburg:

  • BOWERS FIELD (about 3 miles; ELLENSBURG, WA; ID: ELN)
  • DE VERE FIELD (about 26 miles; CLE ELUM, WA; ID: 2W1)
  • CLE ELUM MUNI (about 27 miles; CLE ELUM, WA; ID: S93)

Colleges and Universities

College/University in Ellensburg:

  • CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 7,420; Location: 400 East 8th Avenue; Public; Website: www.cwu.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Ellensburg:

  • YAKIMA VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 26 miles; YAKIMA, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,906)
  • WENATCHEE VALLEY COLLEGE (about 34 miles; WENATCHEE, WA; FT enrollment: 2,074)
  • UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-SEATTLE CAMPUS (about 93 miles; SEATTLE, WA; FT enrollment: 32,742)
  • PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY (about 109 miles; TACOMA, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE (about 113 miles; PASCO, WA; FT enrollment: 3,529)
  • GREEN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 114 miles; AUBURN, WA; FT enrollment: 4,568)
  • BELLEVUE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 119 miles; BELLEVUE, WA; FT enrollment: 7,013)

Schools

Public high schools in Ellensburg:

  • ELLENSBURG HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 952; Location: 1300 E 3RD AVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • PARKE CREEK TREATMENT CTR (Students: 17; Location: 11042 PARKE CREEK ROAD; Grades: 08 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Ellensburg:

  • MORGAN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 684; Location: 400 E FIRST; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • LINCOLN ELEMENTARY (Students: 433; Location: 200 S. SAMPSON; Grades: KG – 06)
  • VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 429; Location: 1508 E 3RD; Grades: KG – 06)
  • MT. STUART ELEMENTARY (Students: 423; Location: 705 W. 15TH; Grades: KG – 06)
  • DAMMAN ELEMENTARY (Students: 39; Location: 41 MANASTASH RD; Grades: KG – 06)
  • ELLENSBURG DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL (Students: 28; Location: 400 E UNIVERSITY WAY; Grades: PK – PK)
Private primary/middle schools in Ellensburg:

  • ELLENSBURG CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 102; Location: BOX 426; Grades: KG – 8)
  • VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 16; Location: 270 MISSION RD; Grades: 1 – 7)

Libraries

Library in Ellensburg:

  • ELLENSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $520,231; Location: 209 NORTH RUBY STREET; 59,118 books; 3,306 audio materials; 3,453 video materials; 189 serial subscriptions)