Wenatchee is a city located in north-central Washington and is the largest city and county seat of Chelan County, Washington, United States. Chelan County is well-known for its tree fruit. The apple, pear, and cherry blossoms of spring and the summer and fall fruit stands are major attractions for residents and visitors alike. Chelan County ranks first in the state for pear production, second for sweet cherries and fourth for apples.
The top crop items by acreage are: apples at 14,195 acres; pears at 11,134 acres; sweet cherries at 6,841 acres; all wheat for grain at 1,978 acres; and forage at 1,840 acres. The total value of all agricultural products sold ranks ninth in the state (2002 Census of Agriculture).
In 2002, the total market value of agricultural products sold was more than $169 million, with almost $163.8 million (97 percent) from the sale of tree fruits (2002 Census of Agriculture).
Why Wenatchee Is The Place For You!
Wenatchee is a scenic, sunny Columbia River city of 33,000, 150 miles east of Seattle on the very dry side of the Cascade Mountain Range. If you like getting outside and adventuring, you can do that 365 days a year and do nearly every sport and extreme sport out there. Hot in summer with lots of sunshine and cold in winter with lots of snow, there are a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities (such as walking the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail) and skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.
This fair city has a fairly low unemployment rate (4 percent in June), a manageable if not dramatically low cost of living and has a median home price of $225,000. There is a very vibrant arts scene including both visual and performance art and live music. Wenatchee also has wineries, breweries, and shopping to keep you entertained.