Yakima County Development Association - Data Center

Data Center

Welcome to our data center.  In this section you will find maps, lists of top employers, demographics and an extensive array of facts and statistics on Yakima County. For more extensive information click on the appropriate links provided:

Regional Profile: a short synopsis of demographic, economic, labor force, and community information

Site Selector Information:  a complete array of statistics primarily designed for corporate realtors and site selectors.  Tables and information based on IEDC data standards

Relocation Information:  quality of life information developed for new residents or people considering relocation to Yakima County


Labor Force 2012 
Civilian Labor Force 125,250
Unemployment Rate 9.8%
2012 Average Covered Wage $31,367
Employment Breakdown 2012 Average 
Production 17%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing 13%
Clerical 11%
Managerial / Professional Services 21%
Technical Sales Support 25%
Services 13%
Wage RatesEntry Level/hrExperienced/hr
*WA Employment Security Department  
Bookkeeping $14.93 $20.78
Truck Driver, Light $11.46 $16.80
Truck Driver, Heavy $14.75 $18.43
Metal / Plastic Worker $12.41 $16.31
Sales Rep, manufacturing $16.65 $28.95
Machinist $14.05 $21.54
Welder $14.65 $21.20
Personal Income Tax None
Corporate Income Tax None
Sales Tax 8 - 8.2%
State B&O .484% of gross receipts (services 1.5%)
State Unemployment Compensation .47% - 5.4% ($30,500 ceiling base rate)
Airports Yakima Airport at McAlister Field
Highways Interstate 82, State Hwy 24, State Hwy 12
Rail BNSF  and Central Washington Railroad service the County
Trucking 25 firms
Power PacificCorp (Scottish Power), Benton REA
Natural Gas Cascade Natural Gas
Telecommunications CenturyLink, Verizon, Sprint, ATT, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Charter, Clearwire Wireless
Cost of Living Index (ACCRA) 92.5
Median Home Cost $152,700
Average Commute Time 17 minutes
Hospitals 4
City Parks 67
Golf Courses 8
Annual Precipitation 8"
Annual Snowfall 20"
Annual Days of Sunshine 260


Byam ESA Report

Byam Site Certification

"...we definitely have the best of both worlds with the rural communities and the urban areas - we have everything right here." - Clara Jimenez, Toppenish City Council