Yakima County, Washington

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Yakima County is the second largest county by area in the U.S. state of Washington. It is named after the Yakama tribe of Native Americans. In 2008, its population was 234,564. The county seat is Yakima, which is also its largest city.

The Yakama Indian Reservation, the 15th largest reservation in America, covers 1,573 mi² (4,074 km²)[1] comprising 36% of the county's total area. Its population was 31,799 in 2000, and its largest city is Toppenish.

Yakima County was formed out of Ferguson County on January 21, 1865. Ferguson County, no longer in existence, had been created from Walla Walla County on January 23, 1863.[2]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,312 square miles (11,167 km²), of which 4,296 square miles (11,127 km²) is land and 15 square miles (40 km²) (0.36%) is water. Yakima County is the second largest county in Washington by area.[3] The total area covered by the county is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.[4] The highest point in the county is Mount Adams, which is the second tallest peak in Washington and the third tallest in the entire Cascade Range.

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