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Yakima Valley Gets Media Accolades and Favorable Rankings

Yakima Valley Gets Media Accolades and Favorable Rankings

April 07, 2015

We recently were pleased to see that Yakima was listed as one of the ten cheapest (and best) cities for Millenials.  The blog states that "From coast to coast, there are many beautiful (and affordable) small cities any millennial will love."  We are in good company with other cool places like Logan, Utah; Durham, North Carolina; and Newport, Oregon.  The shout out for our great region isn't a total surprise. According to the cost of living data our organization maintains, Yakima is one of the most economical places to live in the Northwest.

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If anyone needs more reasons why the Yakima Valley is on the rise, here is a list of articles, editorials and commentary that touts our tremendous lifestyle:

Yakima Valley -- Positive Press

Yakima Crime Rate Takes a Nosedive

America’s Coolest Desert Towns

Yakima Ranks Tenth in well being

Yakima Earns Distinction as Dog Friendly Place

Grandview Ranked as One of 50 Safest Cities

Three Area Schools Earn “Schools of Distinction”

Yakima Names a Top 15 Housing Market

Yakima County’s Cost of Living Index Lowest Among Northwest Cities

Yakima:  The Random Acts of Kindness Capital

Ninth Safest Place from a Natural Disaster

Top Travel Destination

Why Here?  Why Now? (great blog post by a local couple about why they chose Yakima)

Bringing Elite Education to the most disadvantaged (NPR story on Heritage)

Thrifty Traveler: Grab pet-friendly wine weekend in Washington’s Yakima Valley

Skip Napa Valley:  Visit Yakima instead

America’s Best Small City on the Rise

Yakima:  The Quest for Hops  (PBS Special:  In the Americas with David Yetman)


School Accolades

Wide Hollow Elementary One of Top Schools in Washington

Three Area Schools Earn “Schools of Distinction”

Zillah’s Jeff Charbonneau Selected as National Teacher of the Year

Trevor Green:  2013 National Principal of the Year

Union Gap Schools Win Distinction Again

Local Education Shines Nationally

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"The Yakima Valley offers a higher quality of life as the access to family activities and recreation are phenomenal." - Tregg Farmer, InfoTek Research