Yakima County, WA

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2019 Population
249,697
0.149% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
33
0.61% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
17.4%
4.26% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$51,637
3.54% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$175,900
4.89% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
106,018
1.18% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Yakima County, WA had a population of 250k people with a median age of 33 and a median household income of $51,637. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Yakima County, WA grew from 249,325 to 249,697, a 0.149% increase and its median household income grew from $49,871 to $51,637, a 3.54% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Yakima County, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (43.2%), White (Hispanic) (34.1%), Other (Hispanic) (13.1%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (3.46%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.98%). 0% of the households in Yakima County, WA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 86.9% of the residents in Yakima County, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Yakima County, WA are Yakima Valley College (1,428 degrees awarded in 2019), Perry Technical Institute (444 degrees), and Heritage University (346 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Yakima County, WA was $175,900, and the homeownership rate was 62.7%. Most people in Yakima County, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Yakima County, WA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Washington (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Washington. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Washington across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Diversity

Yakima County, WA is home to a population of 250k people, from which 86.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 70.8% of Yakima County, WA residents were born outside of the country (177k people).

In 2019, there were 1.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (108k people) in Yakima County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 85.1k White (Hispanic) and 32.7k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Yakima County, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    108k ± 171
  2. White (Hispanic)
    85.1k ± 2.59k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    32.7k ± 2.39k
49.3%
Hispanic Population
123k people

In 2019, there were 1.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (108k people) in Yakima County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 85.1k White (Hispanic) and 32.7k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

49.3% of the people in Yakima County, WA are hispanic (123k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Yakima County, WA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

70.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
177k people
18.1%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
45.2k people

As of 2019, 70.8% of Yakima County, WA residents (177k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Yakima County, WA was 18.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

29
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.7

In 2019, the median age of all people in Yakima County, WA was 33. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 29, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Yakima County, WA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Yakima County, WA residents was 33.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    247,214 ± 12,002 people
  2. India
    80,685 ± 6,936 people
  3. China
    72,521 ± 6,579 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 247,214 Washington residents, followed by India with 80,685 and China with 72,521.

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Citizenship

86.9%
2019 Citizenship
86.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 86.9% of Yakima County, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Yakima County, WA was 86.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,231 ± 332
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,338 ± 217
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,295 ± 232

Yakima County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Yakima County, WA is $51,637. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Yakima County, WA was Census Tract 4 with a value of $78,549, followed by Census Tract 28.01 and Census Tract 28.02, with respective values of $75,183 and $73,801.

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,599. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Yakima County, WA employs 106k people. The largest industries in Yakima County, WA are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (17,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (14,107 people), and Retail Trade (10,924 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,969), Public Administration ($53,636), and Finance & Insurance ($44,139).

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,637
2019 value
± $1,030
3.54%
1 Year Growth
± 2.96%

Households in Yakima County, WA have a median annual income of $51,637, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,871 in 2018, which represents a 3.54% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$79,606
Average Male Salary in Washington
± $1,492
$58,599
Average Female Salary in Washington
± $1,218

In 2019, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Washington
  1. Asian
    $74,594 ± $3,333
  2. White
    $62,706 ± $1,032
  3. Two or More Races
    $50,542 ± $3,350

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Washington.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Yakima County, WA is from Washington.
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Washington
0.469
2018 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2019, the income inequality in Washington was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.222% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4
  2. Census Tract 28.01
  3. Census Tract 28.02

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Yakima County, WA was Census Tract 4 with a value of $78,549, followed by Census Tract 28.01 and Census Tract 28.02, with respective values of $75,183 and $73,801.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Yakima County, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Yakima County, WA (42.8k out of 246k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    30,552 ± 1,310
  2. Hispanic
    26,664 ± 1,297
  3. Other
    6,851 ± 748

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Yakima County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

106k
2019 Value
± 2,425
1.18%
1 Year growth
± 3.21%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Yakima County, WA grew at a rate of 1.18%, from 105k employees to 106k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Yakima County, WA, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (14,366 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,033 people), and Material Moving Occupations (8,596 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Yakima County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Yakima County, WA, by number of employees, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (14,366 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,033 people), and Material Moving Occupations (8,596 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Yakima County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (20.8 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (2.18 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Yakima County, WA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($72,459), Legal Occupations ($70,605), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($65,100).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

106k
2019 Value
± 2,425
1.18%
1 Year growth
± 3.21%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Yakima County, WA grew at a rate of 1.18%, from 105k employees to 106k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Yakima County, WA, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (17,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (14,107 people), and Retail Trade (10,924 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Yakima County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Yakima County, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Yakima County, WA, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (17,423 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (14,107 people), and Retail Trade (10,924 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Yakima County, WA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (13.9 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.66 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Yakima County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($67,969), Public Administration ($53,636), and Finance & Insurance ($44,139).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $79.3B
  2. $39.1B
  3. $32.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $79.3B, followed by Mixed freight ($39.1B) and Electronics ($32.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$443B
2018 Value in Washington
$972B
Projected 2045 Value in Washington
120% growth

In 2018, total outbound Washington trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 120% to $972B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31.9B
  2. $19.7B
  3. $10.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $31.9B, followed by California with $19.7B and Illinois and $10.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Yakima County, WA went to Donald J. Trump with 53.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (40.2%), followed by Other (6.08%). The most partisan county was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Yakima County, WA
53.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Washington
  1. 71.9% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 68.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Washington was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Washington colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Washington over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Yakima County, WA awarded 2,430 degrees. The student population of Yakima County, WA is skewed towards women, with 2,852 male students and 4,396 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Yakima County, WA are Hispanic or Latino (1,212 and 50.1%), followed by White (914 and 37.8%), Two or More Races (88 and 3.64%), and Unknown (78 and 3.23%).

The largest universities in Yakima County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Yakima Valley College (1,428 and 58.8%), Perry Technical Institute (444 and 18.3%), and Heritage University (346 and 14.2%).

The most popular majors in Yakima County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (566 and 23.3%), Medical Office Assistant (220 and 9.05%), and Osteopathic Medicine (136 and 5.6%).

The median tuition costs in Yakima County, WA are $17,988 for private four year colleges, and $3,799 and $4,243 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 54 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 41 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 566 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Yakima County, WA was Registered Nursing with 54 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Yakima County, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,428 degrees awarded
  2. 444 degrees awarded
  3. 346 degrees awarded
$3,799
Median In-State Public
$17,988
Median Private

In 2019, the Yakima County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Yakima Valley College with 1,428 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

921
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,509
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 921 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Yakima County, WA, which is 0.61 times less than the 1,509 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Yakima County, WA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,212 degrees awarded
  2. White
    914 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    88 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Yakima County, WA was Hispanic or Latino students. These 1,212 degrees mean that there were 1.33 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 914 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Yakima County, WA was $175,900 in 2019, which is 0.731 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $167,700 to $175,900, a 4.89% increase. The homeownership rate in Yakima County, WA is 62.7%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Yakima County, WA have an average commute time of 18.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Yakima County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$175,900
2019 Median
± $4,227
$167,700
2018 Median
± $2,764

In 2019, the median property value in Yakima County, WA grew to to $175,900 from the previous year's value of $167,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Yakima County, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Yakima County, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$51,637
Median Household Income
± $1,030
83k
Number of Households
± 2,009

In 2019, the median household income of the 83k households in Yakima County, WA grew to $51,637 from the previous year's value of $49,871.

The following chart displays the households in Yakima County, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Yakima County, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Yakima County, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

62.7%
2019 Homeownership
63.2%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 62.7% of the housing units in Yakima County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Yakima County, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Yakima County, WA have a shorter commute time (18.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.15% of the workforce in Yakima County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.1%)
  2. Carpooled (12.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.47%)

In 2019, 80.1% of workers in Yakima County, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.8%) and those who worked at home (3.47%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Yakima County, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Yakima County, WA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

86.9% of the population of Yakima County, WA has health coverage, with 33.2% on employee plans, 30.4% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 0.751% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Washington was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Yakima County, WA see 1479 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.27% decrease from the previous year (1498 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1363 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 304 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.8%). Additionally, Pend Oreille County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,479 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Yakima County, WA

Primary care physicians in Yakima County, WA see an average of 1,479 patients per year. This represents a 1.27% decrease from the previous year (1,498 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Yakima County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Washington.
$7,913
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Washington
$4,328
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,851
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,997
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.1%
Uninsured
33.2%
Employer Coverage
30.4%
Medicaid
10.6%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
0.751%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Yakima County, WA declined by 2.91% from 13.5% to 13.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Yakima County, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 14.8% prevalence
  2. 14.2% prevalence
  3. 14% prevalence

Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Washington by county over multiple years.

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