About the City of Ellensburg


Ellensburg is a city in and the county seat of Kittitas County, Washington. Located just east of the Cascade Range and on two major interstates, I-90 and I-82, Ellensburg is known for its comprehensive four-year university, Central Washington University, its historic downtown, and for having over 300 days of sunshine each year. Population estimate certified by Washington’s Office of Financial Management is 19,680 (2018), with 10.5% of the population identifying as Hispanic (2015), and median age of 23.9 (2015). Forecasted growth between 2017-2037 indicates a population increase of 11,757 additional people, and 6,998 additional jobs.

With 7,823 households in Ellensburg, the median income for family households is $60,650; for all households, including university students, median income is $28,341 (2014). Population includes 9,654 Central Washington University students enrolled at the Ellensburg campus Fall 2018. Approximately 2,000 students graduate at the Ellensburg campus annually.