Ellensburg, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ellensburg, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Ellensburg had a population of 19,476 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Ellensburg, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 19,476
Daytime Population: Workers 10,935
Daytime Population: Residents 10,696
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,631
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 17,167
Population in Familes 9,131
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,309
Population Density2 2,769
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $32,327
Average Household Income $49,161
Per Capita Income $20,295


Total Housing Units 8,388 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,714 (32.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,096 (60.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 578 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $219,700
Average Home Value $249,816


Total Households 7,810
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 3,209
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.9% 1.09%
Households 0.88% 1.13%
Families 1.35% 1.04%
Median Household Income   2.57%
Per Capita Income   3.2%

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, 2017 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 # 74 88th
Population Density # 109 83rd
Diversity Index # 229 64th
Median Household Income # 611 3rd
Per Capita Income # 566 10th

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