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The city is named for the Wenatchi tribe. The name means “river which comes from canyons” or “robe of the rainbows.”


Community Description

Long known as the Apple Capital of the World, Wenatchee spoils its residents and visitors with scenic natural surroundings, fresh produce from nearby farms, and a growing cultural scene. Wenatchee also serves as the retail and medical hub for approximately 250,000 people living in North Central Washington and the city is at the center of the Wenatchee Metropolitan Area (110,800 people). Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers and bordered on the west by the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Wenatchee is four-season country and the city’s highly active residents take advantage of numerous skiing, mountain biking, hiking, trail running, paddling and cycling opportunities. Indeed, one of the best “small” ski areas in the West — Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort — is located just 12 miles away from downtown, and Columbia River and Wenatchee Foothills trail systems are within 10 minutes of most residences. While many of the community’s original orchards have given way to houses, the city remains the center for dozens of fruit brokers, packing sheds and processing facilities. Recent entertainment and cultural additions include Pybus Market, the second largest public market in the state, the 4,000-seat Town Toyota Center, and the 550-seat Numerica Performing Arts Center. The city also is home to Wenatchee Valley College and its 3,200 students.

Community Strengths, Amenities, Highlights

Retail and medical hub for North Central Washington and its 250,000 residents; residents engage in many community activities; 15-mile paved trail system on Columbia River provides great biking, running and walking opportunities; good health care system with 3.2 doctors per 1,000 people; ranked as one of the most secure and safe communities by Farmers Insurance Group; warm climate with low humidity seven months of the year; youth bubble has developed in recent years; 30 percent of the city’s population is Hispanic, which contributes to a diverse range of lifestyles and ideas; cost of living is 6.2 percent higher than national average; ranked No. 16 in the Best Emerging Metropolitan Areas to Live by Sperling’s.

What Makes this Community Stand Out

It’s picturesque setting, nestled up against the Wenatchee Foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Outdoor Recreation Activities

Mountain biking, road cycling, downhill skiing, trail running, running, hiking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, birding, walking, golf. 



Community size in 2015
33,230 residents

Median Home Price

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

Student to Teacher Ratio
21 to 1

Largest Employer
Confluence Health
(3,527 full & part time employees)

Average Rainfall
8.8 inches
(Seattle average is 38 inches)

Average High Temp in July
88 degrees

Average Low Temp in January
22.1 degrees

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

Distance to Pangborn Airport
6 miles