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Selah, Washington
Location of Selah, Washington
Location of Selah, Washington
Coordinates: 46°39′8″N 120°32′6″W / 46.65222°N 120.53500°W / 46.65222; -120.53500Coordinates: 46°39′8″N 120°32′6″W / 46.65222°N 120.53500°W / 46.65222; -120.53500
Country United States
State Washington
County Yakima
Founded 1871
Incorporated March 17, 1919
Government
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Body City council
Area
 • Total 4.64 sq mi (12.01 km2)
 • Land 4.58 sq mi (11.86 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
Elevation
1,119 ft (341 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,147
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,087
 • Density 1,765.34/sq mi (681.62/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98942
Area code 509
FIPS code 53-63280
GNIS feature ID 1512655
Website City of Selah

Selah is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. The population was 7,147 at the 2010 census.

History

Selah was officially incorporated on April 3, 1919. The government is a Strong Mayor/Council form. The Tree Top apple processor co-operative (established in 1960) has its headquarters and two processing plants in Selah. In 2004 the Yakama Tribe bought the old Hi-Country juicing plant, which it operated until 2010. Currently, the facility is owned and operated by Sun-Rype Products USA, the U.S. arm of Western Canada's largest juice and fruit snack distributor. It continues to produce store brand apple juice and other beverages. In addition a number of fruit companies have warehouses there, due to the proximity of fruit orchards in the nearby Wenas Valley and access to regional railroad and roadway systems for shipment to markets. Selah and the Wenas Valley increasingly serve as a "bedroom community" of the larger city of Yakima to the south. Because of the nearby orchards and juice processing plants, Selah is often referred to as "The Apple Juice Capital of the World"

The Washington State Audubon Society each Memorial Day weekend holds a campout some 22 miles north of Selah at the Hazel Wolf Bird Sanctuary in the upper Wenas Valley. The upper valley also holds Wenas Lake, an irrigation reservoir famed among anglers. Wenas Creek flows from the reservoir through the agricultural lower Wenas Valley. This is where the Wenas Creek Mammoth was found. The creek is a tributary of the Yakima River.

Selah WA from Lookout Point
Selah, Washington viewed from Lookout Point.

Geography

Selah is located at 46°39′8″N 120°32′6″W / 46.65222°N 120.53500°W / 46.65222; -120.53500 (46.652109, -120.535134).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.52 square miles (11.71 km2), of which, 4.44 square miles (11.50 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.

Climate

This region experiences hot and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Selah has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 767
1940 1,130 47.3%
1950 2,489 120.3%
1960 2,824 13.5%
1970 3,311 17.2%
1980 4,500 35.9%
1990 5,113 13.6%
2000 6,310 23.4%
2010 7,147 13.3%
2019 (est.) 8,087 13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,147 people, 2,658 households, and 1,861 families living in the city. The population density was 1,609.7 inhabitants per square mile (621.5/km2). There were 2,759 housing units at an average density of 621.4 per square mile (239.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.8% White, 0.5% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 8.4% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.4% of the population.

There were 2,658 households, of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 31.5 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 10.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

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