Life in Ellensburg


Discover the Community

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Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington state. Ellensburg offers the best of two worlds - small-town charm and big-city amenities. From outdoor activities like rafting the Yakima River, exploring the growing art scene, checking out the weekly community Farmer's Market, and even diving into the local diverse culinary offerings. Ellensburg also has all four distinct seasons with over 300 sunny days. The affordability and convenience Ellensburg has to offer has earned the town the title of one of the "Top 10 Best Small Towns in the U.S" according to Livability.

Map of Washington State

Located along the Yakima River in the Kittitas Valley, east of the Cascade Range, right in the heart of Washington. Seeking a more urban setting? Checkout one of our center campuses.

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Ellensburg Quick Facts

  • Population of 21,111 people in 2019
  • Located in an agricultural region that extends east towards the Columbia River.
  • Only two hours away from the metropolitan region of Seattle, Washington.
  • Was a leading candidate to be the capitol of Washington, but a fire in 1889 prevented this.
  • Host of the renowned Ellensburg Rodeo

Cost of Living in Ellensburg

Ellensburg Cost of Living Breakdown

Activities, Amenities, and Things To Do

Rafting on Yakima River

From outdoor activities like river rafting, trail hiking, fishing to indoor activities like checking out the growing art scene or grabbing a bite at the many locally owned and operated restaurants, Ellensburg has the perfect activity for you and your family.

Downtown Ellensburg

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Housing Resources

CWU News

Acclaimed author Roy Scranton will speak in Ellensburg this week

April 22, 2024

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