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The city’s namesake, Mount Cashmere, rises 8,500 feet to the west.



Community Description

The city of Cashmere, considered the geographical center of Washington state, is located along Highway 2/97 and the Wenatchee River, and is surrounded by orchards and the Cascade foothills. Although agriculture plays a big role in the city’s economy — in addition to orchards there are several fruit processors and packers —  Cashmere is mostly a residential community, with a large chunk of its population commuting to nearby Wenatchee for employment. Attractions include the Liberty Orchards’ Aplets & Cotlets factory, antique malls, the historic downtown, restaurants and the Chelan County Expo Center. The Wenatchee River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in the state, with many rafters taking out at Cashmere’s Riverfront Park. Mountain bikers also flock to the nearby Devil’s Gulch Trail, considered one of the best rides in the state.

Community Strengths, Amenities, Highlights

Ample recreational opportunities with the Wenatchee River flowing through town and Cascade foothills and the Wenatchee National Forest just a few minutes away; downtown features an Old American style; low crime rate; good schools; warm climate with low humidity seven months of the year; clean air and clean water; fertile soil; volunteerism is high; good walkability around town.

What Makes this Community Stand Out

It’s quaint Cottage Avenue Historic District, featuring early 1900s-era Craftsman bungalow homes and mature shade trees.

Outdoor Recreation Activities

Whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, road cycling, trail running, running, walking, hiking, rock climbing, snowmobiling, golf and fishing.



Community size in 2015
3,040 residents

Median Home Price

Average Commute Time
19 minutes
(U.S. average is 25 minutes)

Student to Teacher Ratio
19 to 1

Largest Employer
(999 full & part time employees)

Average Rainfall
11 inches
(Seattle average is 38 inches)

Average High Temp in July
87 degrees

Average Low Temp in January
21.2 degrees

Median Age
38.1 years
(U.S. average is 37.2 years)

Distance to Pangborn Airport
19 miles