Zillah, Washington

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Zillah
City
Zillah, Washington
Location of Zillah in Washington
Location of Zillah in Washington
Coordinates: 46°24′13″N 120°15′39″W / 46.40361°N 120.26083°W / 46.40361; -120.26083Coordinates: 46°24′13″N 120°15′39″W / 46.40361°N 120.26083°W / 46.40361; -120.26083[1]
Country United States
State Washington
County Yakima
Area[2]
 • Total 1.78 sq mi (4.61 km2)
 • Land 1.78 sq mi (4.61 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 820 ft (250 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 2,964
 • Estimate (2013)[4] 3,103
 • Density 1,665.2/sq mi (642.9/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98953
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-80500[5]
GNIS feature ID 1512822[6]
Website City of Zillah

Zillah is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States, with a population of 3,035 as of March 18, 2013. Tourist attractions include the Teapot Dome Service Station, the fortuitously named Church of God Zillah and the local wineries.

History[edit]

Zillah was founded in 1891 following the completion of the Sunnyside Canal project, an irrigation scheme delivering water from the Yakima River to the arid lower Yakima Valley. Walter Granger, superintendent of the canal company, chose the town site in 1892. The town was named for Miss Zillah Oakes, daughter of Thomas Fletcher Oakes, who as president of the Northern Pacific Railway had backed the building of the canal. The town was named after Miss Zillah because she would scream and cry on the way to the new town, while in the trip her father promised to name the town after her if she would stop. Granger housed the headquarters of the Washington Irrigation Company in Zillah, giving it economical advantages for a time. He also made his residency in Zillah becoming its mayor after retiring from the irrigation company. Zillah was officially incorporated on January 5, 1911.[7]

Geography[edit]

Zillah is located on Interstate 82 about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Yakima.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 647
1930 728 12.5%
1940 803 10.3%
1950 911 13.4%
1960 1,059 16.2%
1970 1,138 7.5%
1980 1,599 40.5%
1990 1,911 19.5%
2000 2,198 15.0%
2010 2,964 34.8%
Est. 2013 3,103 4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2013 Estimate[4]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,964 people, 1,033 households, and 741 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,665.2 inhabitants per square mile (642.9/km2). There were 1,105 housing units at an average density of 620.8 per square mile (239.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.8% White, 0.3% African American, 3.8% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 27.1% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42.5% of the population.

There were 1,033 households of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.3% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.40.

The median age in the city was 31.9 years. 31.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 9.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,198 people, 792 households, and 591 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,807.9 inhabitants per square mile (695.6/km²). There were 837 housing units at an average density of 688.4 per square mile (264.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.25% White, 0.82% African American, 2.14% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.36% Pacific Islander, 18.29% from other races, and 4.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.07% of the population.

There were 792 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 and up. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,214, and the median income for a family was $44,688. Males had a median income of $33,819 versus $23,603 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,415. 13.8% of the population and 9.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 16.4% of those under the age of 18 and 16.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Schools[edit]

The Zillah School District [1] is a small rural district of approximately 1250 students, housed in four buildings. Zillah is one of the smallest districts in area in Yakima County (estimated 44 square miles).

Schools Include:

  • Hilton Elementary School [2] houses grades K-3.
  • Zillah Intermediate School [3], the newest of the schools, holds grades 4-6.
  • Zillah Middle School [4] is for grades 7-8.
  • Zillah High School (Home of the Leopards) [5]
  • Zillah also has an alternative school program [6].

Tourist attractions[edit]

Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Washington
Godzilla model found outside the Church of God Zillah
  • Church of God Zillah — Although the church is fairly conservative and some are unamused by this coincidence (the church was named long before the Godzilla movies began), the church embraces it, even putting a wireframe Godzilla float outside.[9]
  • Teapot Dome Service StationNational Historic Site.
  • Several world class wineries

Other churches[edit]

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