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Time Zone: Chelan County lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Wenatchee is the Seat for Chelan County.

Chelan County was founded in 1899. Chelan was created by taking area from Okanogan and 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 last Census (which gave a population of 66,616 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Chelan represented 1.13% of the total population of Washington, making it the state's 17th most populous county (out of 39 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
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% 
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200066,616The Last Census

More information can be found on the Chelan County Census Page for Chelan County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Chelan County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Chelan County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Wenatchee   30,22927,8568.52% increase  
Chelan   4,1073,52216.61% increase  
Cashmere   2,9552,9650.34% decrease  
Leavenworth   2,3472,07413.16% increase  
Entiat   1,08295713.06% increase  

Websites for Chelan County

Official Website:   www.co.chelan.wa.us/

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<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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