Yakima Valley Trends

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began:
Year of Last Input:
Last Updated: Dec 11 2023
Project Location:
State / Province:
United States
Lead Organization:
Eastern Washington University's (EWU) Institute (Institute) for Public Policy and Economic Analysis
Type of Organization:
Educational Organization

Geographic Scope


Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Civic Engagement, Demography, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation


Yakima Valley Trends seeks to improve local, private and public decision-making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data serve as neutral information for all parties involved in a local decision. More specifically, the goals are:

  • To collect and share a broad spectrum of information for individual community members, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, business organizations, researchers, and the press.
  • To track progress over time of various efforts toward a healthy, vibrant community.
  • To measure the community’s progress spatially via benchmarks outside of the County.
  • To enable analysis of these trends.

A set of principles informed the process for the selection of chosen indicators presented and include the following criteria:

  • Important to large numbers of the community
  • Based on valid measurements, as defined by good science and social science, with credible sources
    Understandable to the general public
  • Defined to allow comparisons to Washington State, the U.S. or those in similar sized communities
    Available repeatedly over time to allow trend analysis
  • Easily accessible


EWU Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis

Project URL


Indicator Domains

People; Agriculture; Culture, Recreation, Tourism; Economic Vitality; Education; Environment; Equity, Inclusion; Health; Housing; Safety,Risky Behaviors; Transportation

Reporting Format

Online Reporting

Other Partners

Community Foundation

Project Contact:

Scott Richter
Eastern Washington University's (EWU) Institute (Institute) for Public Policy and Economic Analysis - Educational Organization