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Granger, Yakima Valley, Washington, USA

Who we serve

Within KDNA' s signal range is the 4th largest migrant population in the United States, preceded only by California, Texas and Florida. At 4,287 square miles, Yakima, most of which is reached by the KDNA signal, is the second largest county in the state, and has a resident population of 207,600 (1996).

According to the State of Washington Office of Financial Management (OFM) the permanent Hispanic/Latino population of Washington State increased by 57% between 1990 and 1996. By the end of 1998 the OFM had determined Washington State to have the 7th largest population of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.

The majority of these migrant and resident populations work in agriculture, and most are employed as farmworkers. Farmworkers in Washington are at the bottom of the social ladder, and are the lowest paid workers in the State. With limited resources and social standing, farmworkers frequently suffer from illness caused by malnutrition; have substandard and inadequate housing; work in dangerous or degrading conditions; and are subject to the other social ills that plague the poor and disenfranchised.

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