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Moving to Ellensburg ... A Smaller City With All You Could Ever Want in Quality of Life

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Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Meadows, Prairie ... It Can All Be Found In and Around Ellensburg, WA

If you want to live the Western lifestyle in boots, jeans and a cowboy hat this is the place to be. Central Washington University calls Ellensburg home as well. Seattle workers commute via Route 90 and still come home at the end of the day to a radically different lifestyle --

By Tom Brennan, Copyright © 2022,
Ellensburg: a smaller city with all you could want. A 2017 census estimate lists Ellensburg’s year-round population as 20,326. The city is centrally located in the State and is known for growing Timothy Hay. Ranchers know the nutritional value of this type of hay and most horse breeders and ranchers prefer it to alfalfa and other grass hay types. It is also brokered here and exported worldwide.

Ellensburg Has an Annual Rodeos and is Home to Central Washington University

This area is also a cowboy town and has an annual rodeo. If you want to live the Western lifestyle in boots, jeans and a cowboy hat this is the place to be. Central Washington University calls Ellensburg home as well. Seattle workers commute via Route 90 and still come home at the end of the day to a radically different lifestyle. Downtown Ellensburg is an architectural history lesson with elaborate, brick and mortar 19th-century buildings.

Seattle-ites, Meet Your Ellensburg Neighbors

The median family income here is $37,625. The gender balance is about even for men and women. Ellensburg is host to a PRCA Rodeo (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) every year. These are point-gathering, cash award, big belt buckle rodeos and draw a competitive group of real cowboys who live the life and ride the broncs and bulls. There is an annual cowboy gathering as well.

Ellensburg has a thriving art and culture community, supported by a downtown organization and the University. At one time downtown was going downhill and a concerned community sought ways to preserve the unique architecture, economic vitality, and cohesion that make a city stay alive and growing. An annual arts festival brings residents, artists, and performers together to share and grow.

While high-tech Seattle workers live here and work in a different environment, they live here to enjoy a simpler life, surrounded by the fertile fields and wide open spaces that Eastern Washington presents. Washington offers a dramatic contrast of landscape and environment and that variety energizes all who live here. You are never bored in Washington.

The median cost of a home in Ellensburg is $217k (at the time of this writing). This is very attractive compared to “boom” areas on both coasts. Seattle’s market opens at $600k. East Coast and California homes are out of reach for many, while Washington offers a wider variety of lifestyles and housing opportunities at reasonable cost which combined with recreational opportunities that are unequaled in their variety. Eastern Washington has the Old West and an access to a new high tech West that you can’t achieve anywhere else

Why Move to Ellensburg?

Statistics show that America is on the move. The rising economy is opening up opportunities everywhere. But several States, California and New York, in particular, are losing residents. Both areas are overbuilt, crowded, traffic congested and highly taxed. Residents see their taxes rise and benefits from them diminish along with the quality of life. Crime is increasing, neighbors are becoming strangers, and road rage is pandemic.

Ellensburg offers a dramatic change from the “rat race” (which is being won by the rats), and a peaceful and quiet lifestyle that is still never dull. A home-based university offers intellectual events and opportunities, local businesses have jobs in almost every profession, and the fertile landscape gives a renewable source of valuable crops that the world seeks after.

Here the cowboys are real-life workers, not dress-up weekend types. Its real here, not like a costume party or movie set. Traditional values are an everyday fact of life and the community works together in many activities. Home prices are reasonable and everyone who wants to work can find a job. Ellensburg is the type of place many seek and it’s typical of Eastern Washington. Moving to Ellensburg is a wise move.

Living the dream in Ellensburg

2018 shows much economic potential for many. A surging economy, raises and bonuses and opportunities are positive signs of growth. If you have dreamed of buying a home this is the time to make that dream come true. Having a plan, doing your homework and working with a professional realtor in a proactive way will open up that front door to a new home.
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