Live in the Yakima Valley - Culture - Live in Yakima, WA


The Valley Celebrates Its Cultural Heritage and Diversity

The Yakima Valley enjoys many unique cultures.  From French Canadian to Dutch Reformed to East Indian, we are a proud home to people and communities from around the world.  Diversity runs deep in our Valley due, in part, to the history of the Yakama Nation, officially known as the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.  The Yakama Nation treaty was signed in 1855 and combined 14 Southeastern Washington tribes and bands into one.  It is believed these people have lived in the region for thousands of years.  The Nation today owns 1.3 million acres of Yakima County and operates many business ventures including the Yakama Nation Cultural Center.


Experience Yakima County Culture

Central Washington State Fair  | Cinco De Mayo | Dia de los Muertos
Fiesta en Mayo |  Filipino-American Community | Hillside Desert Botanical Gardens
July 4th One World One Valley |  Toppenish Historic Murals 
Yakama Nation Cultural Center
 | Yakima Folklife Festival

  Filipino-American Community






Our Latino community currently makes up 45+ percent of our Valley’s population.  Many of these families have lived in the Yakima Valley for generations working in the agricultural sector and own a number of the region’s orchards, ranches, and businesses.  We are fortunate to enjoy exceptional authentic Mexican cuisine throughout the valley and experience numerous cultural events such as Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos.Hispanic Dancers



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 Here’s a breakdown of the Yakima Valley’s population according to the 2012 U. S. Census:

Population by Race  246,977
White 114,597
African American 3,457
American Indian/Alaska Native 14,077
Pacific Islander/Asian 493
Two or More Races 6,915
Hispanic population 114,350

"We really are a jewel of the Northwest. This is an incredible place to live, to work, and to play." - Dave Edler, Yakima Foursquare Church