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Ellensburg, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Ellensburg had a population of 18,981 as of July 1, 2016. Ellensburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ellensburg is located at latitude 47.0012 and longitude -120.5496 in Kittitas County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ellensburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.03 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Kittitas County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,535 feet.

The City of Ellensburg (GNIS ID: 2410430) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Ellensburg is located within Ellensburg Division of Kittitas County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ellensburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Ellensburg: Ellen's Burgh, Robbers Roost.

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Ellensburg, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 18,981
Population in Households 16,795
Population in Familes 8,977
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,186
Population Density1 2,699
Diversity Index2 46


Total Households 7,588
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 3,119
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,322 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,646 (31.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,943 (59.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 734 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $221,107
Average Home Value $251,880


Median Household Income $31,153
Average Household Income $46,765
Per Capita Income $19,284
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.63% 0.8%
Households 0.56% 0.77%
Families 1.1% 0.65%
Median Household Income   1.15%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Ellensburg, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ellensburg to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 73 89th
Population Density1 # 110 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 216 66th
Median Household Income # 608 3rd
Per Capita Income # 564 10th

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