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Kittitas County is in the center of the state, 100 miles east of Seattle across the Cascade Mountain Range. The county is bordered by Chelan, Grant and Yakima counties. With 2,297 square miles, it is one of the largest counties in the state. Kittitas was the fastest growing county between 2019 and 2020, with 3.4% growth. According to the 2020 US Census, the population is estimated to be 48,140.
Yakima County is located in south central Washington state among seven neighboring counties. The geography varies from densely timbered, mountainous terrain in the west, rolling foothills, broad valleys and arid regions to the east and fertile valleys in its central and southern parts. Agriculture has been the staple of the economy over the last 100 years. According to the 2020 US Census, the population of Yakima County is 258,200.
KLICKITAT & SKAMANIA COUNTIES
Klickitat County is located in south central Washington at the junction where the Columbia River Gorge cuts through the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. It encompasses 1,908 square miles. The county is 84 miles wide and averages 23 miles north to south. The 2020 US Census estimates the population at 22,770.
Skamania County is located about 40 miles east of the Portland metro area, in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Almost 90 percent of the county is timberland, mostly within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Much of the non-timber land is concentrated in the southern strip along the Columbia River, and falls under the protection of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area. As a result of these factors, the county has a small population and job base. The 2020 US Census estimates the population at 12,220.