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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Wenatchee is a town in Washington with a population of 34,094. Wenatchee is in Chelan County. Living in Wenatchee offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wenatchee there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Wenatchee and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Wenatchee are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$238,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$885
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Wenatchee Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    184.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    49.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    283.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    163.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Wenatchee

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,561
National
$55,322
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I love Wenatchee! With a population of about 30,000 people, it is the perfect place for an outdoor type of person. Right next to the Columbia River, there is plenty of activities to try out. Boating, swimming, kayaking, and much more. There are a lot of small business down town to explore and Wenatchee is located in Central Washington. If you want to travel around the state, you can do so. Seattle is only 2 hours away and Spokane, on the other side of the state, is approximately 3 hours away. There is plenty to do around Wenatchee throughout all 4 seasons.
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Whilst the local recreation options are fantastic with many trails, swimming locations, and the Mission Ridge Ski Resort, Wenatchee has few in-town entertainment options and opportunities. There are a variety of sports clubs, both competitive and recreational.

The town has had issues with race-based discrimination and is typically more republican-leaning. The community has a staunch class divide too.

One advantage to Wenatchee is the expanding job market - there are many opportunities when it comes to jobs; however, housing can be expensive. Electricity is cheap due to the nearby dams.

Be aware that the school district is noted for low test scores and poor participation rates, with very few student support services available. The school system is distinctly unhelpful towards higher-reaching students and struggles to assist minority students and ESL learners.
The biggest problem this area has faced is the high rates for renting and buying homes. Minimum wage isn$13.50, but a standard monthly rental rate is at least $1,300.00. That makes it very hard to love in an apartment on one income and impossible to qualify to live in a house, even a small one in the tougher part of town. Homelessness is a problem in Wenatchee due to the high rental rates. Homeless individuals die due to exposure of either the heat in the summer of 100 degrees plus, or of hypothermia in the winter with 20 degrees or lower. The rental companies also require 1st month, last month and deposit upfront to move in. That is a huge amount of money the normal people don’t have sitting around.