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Communities Within Kittitas County

Kittitas County is full of contrasted landscapes that serve as backdrops to play and learn, Central Washington is a premier destination for year-round outdoor recreation, education and growing businesses. Along the I-90 transcontinental interstate, Kittitas County covers over 2,300 sq. miles of land with enriched agriculture, historical architecture and and economic development. Choosing Kittitas County as your home is something you will won't regret.

There are 45,225 Citizens in Kittitas County!

Our Neighbors

Snoqualmie Pass

The community of Snoqualmie Pass traces its history back to the history of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway as it developed the main line construction from Seattle to Chicago beginning in 1906.

A community called Laconia was developed to house the mountain helper engines, which assisted trains across the pass. The railroad had a turntable, engine house, depot, water tank, passing tracks, while the community had a hotel, bunkhouse, and houses for those living there. Freight and passenger service began in June 1909, and additional services were added in May 1911.

The historic Indigenous trail turned wagon road was designated a state road in 1905 and improved upon, becoming the Sunset Highway in 1913. It was upgraded and dedicated in July 1915 and became part of the Yellowstone Trail Road. In 1928, the highway was shifted slightly from running through downtown Snoqualmie Pass to the existing route of Interstate 90.

South Cle Elum
Cle Elum

Kittitas County Communities

Kittitas County Major Industries

Higher education and K-12 jobs are important to the local economy. Central Washington University employees over 1,900 faculty and staff, making it the county's biggest employer. State and local government education represented 4,810 jobs in the county in 2016, according to the state's Employment Security Department. That figure includes Central Washington University's student employment.

Central Washington University

Academic Communities:

Ellensburg School District

Kittitas School District

Thorp School District

Damman School District

Cle Elum-Roslyn School District

Easton School District

Central Washington University 

Other Schools including: Ellensburg Christian School, Discovery Lab,

Ellensburg Homeschool Co-op and Swiftwater Learning Center




1,316 Small Businesses

21,830 Employees

6.8% Unemployed


24.9% High School Graduates

34.2% Some College or AA Degrees

32.3% Bachelor's Degree or Above


Kittitas County Arts and Culture


*Data as of June 2022