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Pros

-Nearby mountains
-Year-round climate
-Attractive downtown

Cons

-Recent job declines
-Cost of housing
-Isolation


What Bert Has To Say About Wenatchee Metro Area


Wenatchee is a mountain gateway between western Washington and the agricultural areas of the Columbia Plateau to the east. The economy is supported mainly by agriculture and forest products.. The physical setting is attractive and the original downtown area is pleasant (winning a recent National Trust for Historic Preservation Great American Main Street Award).

Significant recreational opportunities are available in the Cascades to the west, starting with the funky European-style Leavenworth just 15 miles up the grade. Housing costs can be high for the type of area. Wenatchee is a bit isolated; the northern suburbs of Seattle and Everett are 150 miles west, and it is a long haul across the 4000-foot winter wonderland of Stevens Pass.

Wenatchee is located on a narrow Columbia River plain surrounded on all sides by mostly dry mountains and foothills of the Cascades. Elevations rise rapidly to 9000 feet to the west, giving heavy forestation, but of this is out of Wenatchee’s view. The mountains create a deep rain shadow, giving plenty of sun and minimal precipitation, while the marine influence from the west creates a fairly stable and pleasant year-round climate.


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Quick Facts About Wenatchee


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Wenatchee is 7.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Wenatchee jobs have Decreased by 0.06 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Wenatchee's cost of living is 6.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Wenatchee's population is 31,956 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 11.33 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Wenatchee is $190,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Wenatchee public schools spend $10,004 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21.1 students per teacher in Wenatchee.

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Comments


Mayberry in color!
My wife and I visited Anaconda a few years ago and fell in love with the place! We were driving down the main thoroughfare and couldn't believe what we were seeing! Cars... (read more)
present day 2009
The trasffic in Wenatchee is really conjested and gettting worse. There is very little room for growth and homes are going up all over the hillsides. It was once agreat... (read more)
More like the sunshine capital of the world...
Wenatchee is a gorgeous area, but the economy is definatley depressed, also not a place for the liberal minded person, the valley is run by conservatives. Night life is... (read more)
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