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Encyclopedia > Prosser, Washington
Benton County court house in Prosser.

Prosser is a city in Benton County, Washington, along the Yakima River with only one zip code 99350. The population was 5,138 in July 2004. It is the county seat of Benton County.GR6 Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 422 KB) Prosser, WA Court House I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 422 KB) Prosser, WA Court House I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Benton County is a county located in the south central of the state of Washington. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Washington State Route 10 winds past the Yakima River (©2004 Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust) The Yakima River south of Union Gap The Yakima River is a tributary of the Columbia River in eastern Washington state, named for the indigenous Yakama people. ... Benton County court house in Prosser. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Benton County is a county located in the south central of the state of Washington. ...

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History

The town of Prosser was founded by William Farrand Prosser, a Union Colonel in the Civil War from Pennsylvania, who settled in the area in 1882. Prosser was officially incorporated on March 2, 1899. As you can see in the picture above Prosser has an abundance of trees. When Prosser was settled there was only one natural tree in the area. All other trees were hand-planted. Prosser is known for its wine production, temperate weather, pleasant citizens, and of course The Great Prosser Balloon Rally. William Farrand Prosser William Farrand Prosser (March 16, 1834 in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania – September 23, 1911 in Seattle, Washington) Tennessee and Washington state politician. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Annual events

A hot air balloon floats over the Yakima River in Prosser, WA
  • Prosser Community Awards Banquet In January we honor our hard working citizens and volunteers.
  • Red Wine & Chocolate In February various wineries around the valley offer tasting and special prices.
  • Sweet Retreat 2nd Saturday in March the Columbia Valley Winery Association hosts the pairing of sweet wine with food.
  • Spring Barrel Tasting In April various wineries offer tasting.
  • Wine Country Spring Fair In May on Mother's Day weekend arts and crafts in the park.
  • Farmers Market Usually starts in May sometime and runs every weekend through harvest.
  • The Dash Race for the Kids Early June after school lets out we have a bicycle competition a 62 mile "Metric Century" and youth fun run. Wine tasting after.
  • Kestrel Festival Sponsored by Kestrel Wines. This is in June.
  • Prosser's Best Run Saturday closest to July 4th, In honor of Marvin L. Best. 1 mile, 5k and 10k Runs.
  • Old Fashioned 4th of July 4th of July Weekend, includes a kiddie parade, car show, fireworks, bingo, stage shows, and food vendors in the park.
  • Art Walk and Wine Gala Wine tasting event in the middle of July.
  • Prosser's Wine and Food Fair One of the top events of the year on the 2nd Saturday of August. Thirty-some Washington Wineries and food from 20 vendors come together to offer sampling and tasting. Located at Art Fiker Stadium.
  • A Night Out Beginning of September. Fundraising benefit of food and fun for the Prosser Memorial Foundation.
  • Prosser State's Day Celebration Another on of the top events of the year. On Labor Day. There is a carnival in the city park, and a parade in the morning. Miss Prosser is crowned.
  • The Great Prosser Balloon Rally The last of the top events. On September 28, 29, & 30th 2007 Hot air balloons are scheduled to launch just after dawn from the Prosser airport. Balloons glow from within at Art Fiker Stadium during The Great Prosser Balloon Rally Night Glow show.
  • Annual Harvest Festival Same weekend as the Balloon Rally. Arts and crafts downtown with fun and food.
  • Annual Caren Mercer-Andreason Street Painting Festival Same weekend as the Prosser Balloon Rally and Harvest Festival. Watch local and regional artists create works of art on the pavement in downtown Prosser.
  • Thanksgiving in Wine Country Sunday after Thanksgiving. Sample all the newly released wines.
  • Family Christmas Festival Early December Santa comes to town. The annual lighting of the Christmas tree takes place with carolers and holiday music.

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Geography

Prosser is located at 46°12′25″N, 119°45′56″W (46.206921, -119.765612).GR1 It is 665 ft above sea level. One river, the Yakima River, runs through it. Image File history File links WAMap-doton-Prosser. ... Washington State Route 10 winds past the Yakima River (©2004 Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust) The Yakima River south of Union Gap The Yakima River is a tributary of the Columbia River in eastern Washington state, named for the indigenous Yakama people. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 km² (4.4 mi²). 11.1 km² (4.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (2.93%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Climate

Temperature

Monthly average temperatures in Prosser, WA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (°F) 41 47 56 65 75 82 88 88 80 65 52 42
Low (°F) 25 30 32 38 45 50 54 52 45 38 32 27

Snowfall

Monthly average Snowfall in Prosser, WA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inches 7.5 3 1 .5 0 0 0 0 0 .5 2.5 7

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 4,838 people updated to 5,138 people in July 2004, 1,697 households, and 1,240 families residing in the city. The population density was 434.4/km² (1,125.1/mi²). There were 1,800 housing units at an average density of 161.6/km² (418.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.89% White, 0.54% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 15.11% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.37% of the population. Ancestries: German (17.3%), English (10.8%), Irish (9.3%), United States (6.8%), Norwegian (4.3%), French (4.2%), 12.5% Foreign born (11.1% Latin America). 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 1,697 households out of which 41.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.38. “Spouse” redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.


The median age is 32 years old. The median house value was $98,500 (2000). The median income for a household in the city was $39,185, and the median income for a family was $45,162. Males had a median income of $36,750 versus $26,146 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,302. About 11.5% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


For population 15 years and over in Prosser city

  • Never married: 18.1%
  • Now married: 64.1%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 7.5%
  • Divorced: 8.4%

For population 25 years and over in Prosser:

  • High school or higher: 68.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.9 minutes

Economy

The economy of Prosser is based on agriculture. In addition to fruit orchards and fruit packing plants, Prosser is an important center of wine making in the Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area. Washington State Route 10 winds past the Yakima River (©2004 Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust) The Yakima River south of Union Gap The Yakima River is a tributary of the Columbia River in eastern Washington state, named for the indigenous Yakama people. ... An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the United States governments Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). ...


Wineries

Chelan is a city located in Chelan County, Washington. ...

Schools

  • Prosser High School Grades 9-12, 843 Students
  • Prosser Falls Education Center Grades 9-12, 69 Students
  • Housel Middle School Grades 6-8, 676 Students
  • Prosser Hights Elementary Grades 3-5, 676 Students
  • Keene-Riverview Elementary Grades K-2, 480 students
  • Whitstran Elementary Grades K-5, 285 Students

Sports

High School

  • Prosser Mustangs

Football, Track, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Basketball (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Golf, Swim Team (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Dance Team, and Cheer.


Crime

Crime statistics provided are from 2001, 2002, and 2003. There were 0 murders, 1 rape and only 2 robberies in this time frame. An average of 3 assaults , 31 burglaries, 151 larceny counts, and 9 auto thefts per year. City-data.com crime index average for 3 years is 203.66 per 100,000. The US average is 329.7. Lower is better.


Major highways and closest cities

Interstate 82 (abbreviated I-82) is an interstate highway in the northwestern United States. ... U.S. Route 12, or US 12, is an east-west United States highway running from downtown Detroit almost 2500 miles (4000 km) to Grays Harbor on the Pacific Ocean in the state of Washington. ... Map of State Route 22 State Route 22, also known as SR-22, is a state highway in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Grandview is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States. ... Mabton is a city incorporated during the first few years of the 20th century, and located in Yakima County, Washington, at the eastern edge of the Yakama Indian reservation. ... Sunnyside is a city located in Yakima County, Washington. ... Benton City is a city in Benton County, Washington, United States on the north bank of the Yakima River. ...

Citizens of note

Married name: Kelly Blair-LaBounty Event: Heptathlon Height: 5 11 Weight: 145 lbs. ... William Farrand Prosser William Farrand Prosser (March 16, 1834 in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania – September 23, 1911 in Seattle, Washington) Tennessee and Washington state politician. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Harold R. McCluskey was a chemical operator at the Hanford nuclear weapons plant located in Washington state who is known for having survived exposure to the highest dose of radiation in 1976. ... Dr. Walter J. Clore (July 1st 1911-Feb. ... Washington wine has a long and continuing history. ...

See also

Harvest festivals around the world Thanksgiving (United States), the holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. ...

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos for 46°12′25″N 119°45′56″W / 46.206921, -119.765612Coordinates: 46°12′25″N 119°45′56″W / 46.206921, -119.765612
  • Prosser Chamber Of Commerce
  • The Great Prosser Balloon Rally

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Prosser boasts 300 sunny days annually, lending to a wide range of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating, and golf.
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