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Welcome to the Ellensburg Community Website!

Welcome to Our Community!

One of Washington's founding communities, Ellensburg's historic brick downtown is just three blocks from the CWU campus. Downtown places eclectic shops and restaurants next to beautiful and historic buildings, most constructed between 1889 and 1917.

Shoppers can stroll quiet downtown streets and then share a shady bench with the famous Ellensburg Bull.  Discover Ellensburg's world-famous chimpanzees or swing by the library and find out what new outfit Kit Coyote is sporting. Weekends bring delicious local food and fresh produce, regional crafts, and eclectic entertainment downtown at the Kittitas County Farmers Market.

Ellensburg is home of one of the top 9 arts and cultural events in Washington, including Jazz in the Valley, Dachshunds on Parade, Buskers in the "Burg, and Spirit of the West. As one of the 10 most beautiful towns in Washington, Ellensburg also is one of America’s top “Distinctive Destinations,” according to the National Historic Land Trust. is a great place to get the latest info on what's happening during your visit to Ellensburg. Welcome to Ellensburg! We hope you enjoy your stay!

Ellensburg Named One of Washington’s Healthiest Cities, a popular personal financial information service website, recently named Ellensburg, home of Central Washington University, as one of the ten healthiest cities in Washington.

According to Nerdwallet, Ellensburg was the state’s sixth healthiest community and was lauded for its "compact, walkable streets, where 14.3 percent of residents commute by foot, one of the highest percentages in the state."

Additionally, the city’s ratio of 12.56 parks per 10,000 residents was above average for the state and the presence of the Kittatas County Farmer’s Market guaranteed that "students in this college town have the option of passing on dining hall cheeseburgers."

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