Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
Grandview recently received recognition as one of the 50 safest cities with a population over 5,000. The distinction was based on 2012 FBI Crime Reports and an independent study.
Located 40 miles south of Yakima, Grandview was named after the impressive views of both Mount Adams and Mount Rainier. Incorporated in 1909 the city now has a population of over 10,000.
The local economy is largely agriculture based; with apples, cherries, concord and wine grapes, hops, asparagus, corn, wheat, dairy and other fruit and vegetable production supported by processing plants and cold storage facilities.
Thanks to community-based initiatives like Block Watch, the crime rate in Grandview was 64% less than the U.S. Average in 2011. Block Watch is a program of neighbors looking out for each other and reporting any unfamiliar or suspicious people or activity.
Newly hired Police Chief Kal Fuller, said he was glad to hear of the ranking and attributed the award to the work of officers who have taken initiative in the community to work towards enhancing public safety.
“In a small town, proactive work can go a long way,” Fuller said.