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Ah, Kittitas County!

Breathing life from the very heart of central Washington. From a spectacular alpine entrance on her western border at Snoqualmie Pass, her accessible highways take you through the upper Yakima River valley. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, forest lands, abundant wildlife, and many lakes and streams, interspersed with farm and ranch land in the valley bottoms.

With history-rich, close-knit communities, plenty of space and beautiful weather that expresses the seasons perfectly, it is no wonder that more people are discovering upper Kittitas County as the place to play, work, and live.

History

In the 1880s, in conjunction with the building of the Northern Pacific Railroad, coal was discovered and the cities of Roslyn and Cle Elum were founded. Between 1886 and 1929, coal miners representing over 20 different nationalities worked and lived in the Upper County. In 1963 the last coal mine closed and the area's most important industry became logging, which had been expanding since original settlement.

The Upper County has three museums that depict area history. Because of the rich ethnic background, the area still celebrates and honors its past.

Population

2009 Estimates

Kittitas County:
39,400
Cle Elum:
1,865
Roslyn:
1,015
South Cle Elum:
580

Source: Washington State Office of Financial Management

2000

Kittitas County:
33,362
Cle Elum:
1,755
Roslyn:
1,017
South Cle Elum:
457

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Weather

Averages

Month High
(f | c)
Low
(f | c)
Precip
(in | cm)
January 34.4 | 1.3 18.4 | -7.6 3.5 | 8.9
February 40.3 | 4.6 22.1 | -5.5 2.5 | 6.4
March 49.7 | 9.8 27.7 | -2.4 2.3 | 5.8
April 59.8 | 15.4 32.9 | 0.5 1.0 | 2.5
May 68.9 | 20.5 38.8 | 3.8 1.0 | 2.5
June 74.1 | 23.4 45.3 | 7.4 1.0 | 2.5
July 83.2 | 28.4 50.5 | 10.3 0.3 | 0.8
August 81.4 | 27.4 48.2 | 9.0 0.5 | 1.3
September 74.6 | 23.7 41.2 | 5.1 1.0 | 2.5
October 61.0 | 16.1 34.5 | 1.4 2.0 | 5.1
November 45.0 | 7.2 27.4 | -2.6 3.5 | 8.9
December 37.9 | 3.3 24.1 | -4.4 4.0 | 10.2
 
Total Precipitation 22.5 in | 57.2 cm
Total Snowfall 77.0 in | 195.6 cm

Current Conditions