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According to 2000 census estimates, Prosser has a total population of 4,838. It is located along the banks of the Yakima River, which surround three sides of the city. Prosser is the County Seat of Benton County.
The town of Prosser was founded by William Farrand Prosser, a Union Colonel in the Civil War from Pennsylvania, who settled in the area with his wife in 1882. Prosser was officially incorporated on March 2, 1899. When Prosser was settled there was only one natural tree in the area – all other trees were hand-planted. Linda Lusk is the current mayor of Prosser.
Prosser is the County Seat of Benton County. Prosser is known for it's wine production, temperate weather, pleasant citizens, and of course The Great Prosser Balloon Rally.
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. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prosser real estate has a total area of 11.5 km (4.4 mi). 11.1 km (4.3 mi) of it is land and 0.3 km (0.1 mi) of it (2.93%) is water.
There were 4,838 people updated to 5,138 people in July 2004, 1,697 Prosser Wa homes, 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).
There were 1,697 Prosser 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 Prosser 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.
The Prosser Wa real estate 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 house value in Prosser real estate 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 Prosser population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
Prosser’s public schools are part of the Prosser School District that has three elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools. The elementary schools are Whitstran, Keene-Riverview, and Prosser Heights. Middle school is Housel; and high schools are Prosser Falls Education Center, and Prosser High School (the Mustangs).