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The 2000 Census showed that Chelan County had a population of 66,616 people. This represented 1.13% of the total population of Washington, making it the state's 17th most populous county (out of 39 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Chelan had a population of 72,372 people. This is an increase of 8.64% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201072,453+8.76%+0.11% since 2009
200972,372+8.64%+1.49% since 2008
200871,308+7.04%+0.89% since 2007
200770,677+6.1%+1.08% since 2006
200669,919+4.96%+1.24% since 2005
200569,066+3.68%+1.34% since 2004
200468,152+2.31%+1.15% since 2003
200367,377+1.14%+0.67% since 2002
200266,927+0.47%+0.35% since 2001
200166,692+0.11%+0.11% since 2000
200066,616The Last Census

Chelan County had 30,407 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Chelan County has a total area<3> of 2,993 square miles [7,753 km²]. Of this total, 2,921 square miles [7,566 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.41%) being water (72.3 square miles [187.1 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Chelan County had a population density of 22.8 people per square mile [8.8 people/km²], making it the state's 24th most densely populated county (out of 39 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Chelan County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Chelan and the state of Washington.

Click here for the Chelan County QuickFact (QF-53007).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Chelan County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Chelan County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
DouglasQF-53017   E37,56532,60315.22%
KingQF-53033   W1,916,4411,737,03410.33%
KittitasQF-53037   S39,53233,36218.49%
OkanoganQF-53047   NE40,55239,5642.5%
SkagitQF-53057   NW119,534102,97916.08%
SnohomishQF-53061   W694,571606,02414.61%

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Census QuickFact for Chelan County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Chelan. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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