Why Do Some People Say Yakima Is a ‘Dumpster Fire’? 9 Reasons Why It Isn’t
I Heart Yakima
There is a whole lot to love about Yakima. If you don't believe me, check out this website dedicated to nothing but Yakima love. We even have a bajillion selfie walls where locals and tourists can stop by and show some Yakima pride!
Yakima Covid Statistics
There has been and still is cause for concern during the pandemic about catching the coronavirus whilst you're out and about in Yakima. BUT...Cautions should be taken everywhere though! Make sure you do all you can to protect yourself from getting COVID-19, like wearing one of the free N95 face masks you can start getting for free at local retail pharmacies and continuing to social distance when attending local events and when you're out shopping and sightseeing.
Yakima Crime Stats (Comparison)
MEH. Compared to other cities in WAshington state, Yakima is not that bad. You can review crime stats here but check out other cities that are considered worse off than Yakima.
Things to Do in Yakima
Check this list here for some fun things to do in Yakima! So many things I don't have time to list them all.
Notable Yakima Restaurants
Read these articles to find out where are some of the best restaurants in Yakima. We have some great gastronomical delights, and yes, I do mean to BRAG.
- 3 Yakima Valley Restaurants That Should Be A National Franchise
- Where Can I Find Breakfast All Day Yakima Valley?
- The Five Best Hidden-Gem Restaurants in Yakima Valley
We have some beautiful parks here in Yakima, like Randall Park and Franklin Park. There is even a splash pad at MLK Park. Most of the Yakima area parks have had their playgrounds recently revamped for the kids, thanks to local community volunteer organizations like the Kiwanis Club and Rotary Clubs.
Yakima Colleges and Trade Schools
Several great options are available in Yakima to get you started on a new career with some higher education and trade schools.
- Evergreen Beauty College
- Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center (YV-Tech)
- Yakima Valley Community College (YVC)
- Yakima Valley Vintners Teaching Winery
- Perry Tech
- Heritage University (Toppenish, but still close by the city of Yakima)
- Campus Locations for Eastern Washington University (EWU) and Central Washington University (CWU)
- Charter College (online degrees)
Yakima Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries
There are so many wonderful places to sample wine, spirits, and beer. Too many to name here so check out this list from the Yakima Visitors Center.
Notable Recent Yakima Celebrities
Without some of these celebs who either were born in Yakima or grew up here, the whole world would be a much different place! Take that, REDDIT!
Oleta Adams: Singer
Kyle MacLachlan: Actor, Winery Owner
Matthew Law: Actor, Director, Producer, Editor, and Cinematographer
Taylor Stubblefeld: NFL player, Offensive Recruiting Coordinator at Penn State University
Isaiah Garza: Jewelry Designer, Activist
Dan Doornick: NFL player
Cooper Kupp: NFL player
Phil Mahre: Olympian
Robert A. Guthrie: Actor
Colleen Atwood: Costume Designer
Sam Kinison: Comedian
Raychel Roll: Makeup Artist, TikTok Influencer
Jessica Wings: Entertainer, TikTok Influencer
Other Notable Celebrity Connections to Yakima
Throughout the course of my radio job, I have been lucky to have become acquaintences and friends with some folks who, in their respective television and journalism careers, made a pit stop by working in Yakima before they "hit the big time"!
Karma Dickerson: Fox40 News in Sacramento, CA
Brianna Keilar: Co-Anchor/Co-Host of "New Day" on CNN
Anish Shroff: Play-by-Play Announcer and On Air Host at ESPN
Kim Nowacki: Creator of The Scene at Yakima Herald; currently the Senior Social Media Lead, Producer, and Videographer at WNYC Radio
Andrea Fujii: News Reporter for ABC News
Lindsay Watts: News Reporter for Fox5 in Washington, D.C.
Lindsay France: Former News Report for RT News in Russia and D.C.
Whit Johnson: Good Morning America
So now you have a few great reasons why Yakima is NOT a 'dumpster fire', so run and tell THAT to your friends on Reddit. :-D