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Overview
Population:31,956
Pop. Change:11%
State: Washington
Metro Area: Wenatchee Metro Area
County: Chelan County
City:Wenatchee
Zip Code:98801
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Wenatchee's Real Estate Market
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 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
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Wenatchee Metro Area

Profile: Small town

Location: Central Washington, east slope of Cascade Range

Elevation: 645

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

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Nearby mountainsRecent job declines
Year-round climateCost of housing
Attractive downtownIsolation

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.

Interesting Facts about Wenatchee, Washington

As of 2014, Wenatchee's population is 31,956 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 11.33 percent.

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The median home cost in Wenatchee is $190,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.80 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Wenatchee's cost of living is 6.20% Higher than the U.S. average.

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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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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.


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Ranked #14 Most Secure Places to Live 2011 (Small Towns)
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Map Of Wenatchee

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Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Wenatchee's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes