Yakima, WA
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Yakima is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 93,701 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Yakima is the eighth largest community in Washington.

Yakima is a blue-collar town, with 36.18% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Yakima is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Yakima who work in office and administrative support (11.29%), farm management occupations (10.39%), and sales jobs (9.87%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.16 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Yakima is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.05% of adults 25 and older in Yakima have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Yakima in 2010 was $20,187, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,748 for a family of four. However, Yakima contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Yakima is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Yakima home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Yakima residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Yakima also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 45.04% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Yakima include English, Irish, French , and Norwegian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Yakima's cultural character, accounting for 17.76% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Yakima is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.