Yakima is located in the state of Washington southeast of the Mount Rainier National Park and is the eighth largest city (by population) in the state. The population of the city itself is approximately 91,067 residents although including the metropolitan area that number grows to approximately 243,231. Yakima is situated in the Yakima Valley, which is noted for being one of the best apple-growing regions in the world, a major wine region and produces approximately 75% of all hops grown in the US. The name originates from the Yakama Nation and the Yakama Indian Reservation is located to the south and southeast of the city. Many businesses require the use of a high quality Yakima outsourced call center and answering service. A live 24 hour telephone answering service is mission critical for a small business that wants to continue to generate revenue after hours or during the day by way of a virtual receptionist. Having an emergency call center or answering service in the medical profession goes without saying, but having a local answering service as a small business owner is just smart business.