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Community Report released - How does Yakima County stack up?

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Yakima County Community Indicators Report Yakima County Community Indicators Report

Yakima, WA - For the first time ever, Yakima County Public Services have released a Community Indicator Report.  The report is a compilation of Yakima County's living conditions.  The annual review provides information on the social, economic, and environment conditions of each city within the county, the county compared to other counties in the state, and nationwide.

What kind of jobs are available in the county?  How much do homes cost in the area? What are the demographics in the area? What is the education level for people living in the area? Those questions, and much more are answered in the report.  Its a 50-page report filled with maps and graphs for easy reading and easy understanding.

NBC Right Now caught up with Yakima County's Public Service Senior Administrative Manager, Lisa Freund, to talk about the report and asked her what new information stuck out to her most.

"I would say that the median income is very interesting because it pulls not only county versus nation but also men versus women.  How do women measure up against men for median income.  There really is something in there for everyone," said Freund.

Not only does the report give provide information to locals about their community, but the report will be used as a critical tool for local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and city leaders to help fulfill county needs.  The data from the report will be considered when applying for new grants and developing new program initiatives throughout the area.  Data from the U.S. Census is used in the report to help maintain accuracy and the Yakima County Public Services plans to update the report as more data comes in.

If you are interested learning more about your community, you can take a look at the report here.