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Ellensburg is the County Seat for Kittitas County. Other communities in Kittitas County include Cle Elum, Easton, Kittitas, Ronald, Roslyn, Snoqualmie Pass, South Cle Elum, Thorp, Vantage, Liberty, Suncadia, Teanaway, and Thrall.

Ellensburg Population (2021): 21, 579
Kittitas County Population: 49,089
Gender: 49.77% Male
, 50.23% Female, Median: age: 23

Median Household Income (2020-2021): $39,645
Median House Value (2020-2021): $234,000

Largest Employers

Central Washington University: 1,438
Kittitas Valley Community Hospital: 470
Ellensburg School District: 380
Kittitas County: 363
Anderson Hay and Grain: 240
Elmview: 200
Fred Meyer, Ellensburg: 198
City of Ellensburg: 150
Twin City Foods, Inc.: 125
Kittitas Valley Health and Rehab: 100


The City of Ellensburg uses the Manager/Council form of government with a City Manager hired by the City Council. The seven-member City Council is elected at large and serve 4-year terms. The City Council elects a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from the Council to serve 2-year terms. The Council meets the first and third Monday of each month, 7:00 pm, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

• City Manager: Heidi Behrends Cerniwey
• Mayor: Nancy Lillquist

City Council members include Bruce Tabb, Stacey Bankston Engel, Nancy Goodloe, Nancy Liliquist, David Miller, Tristen Lamb, and Mary Morgan.

State Government – Ellensburg is in the 13th district.
• State Senator Judy Warnick (R)
• Representative Tom Dent (R)
• Representative Alex Ybarra (R)

Federal Representatives – as of 2011, Ellensburg is in the 8th Congressional district
• Representative Kim Schrier (D)


Ellensburg Washington Climate