Kittitas County, Washington

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Kittitas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of 2000, the population was 33,362. Its county seat is Ellensburg, which is also the county's largest city.

There are numerous interpretations of the name, which is from the language of the Kittitas American Indian language. According to one source, it "has been said to mean everything from 'white chalk' to 'shale rock' to 'shoal people' to 'land of plenty'. Most anthropologists and historians concede that each interpretation has some validity depending upon the particular dialect spoken."[1]

Kittitas County officially separated from Yakima County in 1884.[2]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,333 square miles (6,043 km²), of which 2,297 square miles (5,950 km²) is land and 36 square miles (93 km²) (1.54%) is water. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 2426 meters (7,959 feet) above sea level.

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