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Welcome to Wenatchee ...

The city of Wenatchee is located on the Columbia River (central Washington state).

Wenatchee is located in Chelan County<1> and is the County Seat for Chelan County.

The pronunciation of Wenatchee: wuh-NACH-ee<2>

The community of Wenatchee was established in 1888.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Wenatchee has a population of 34,318 people<3> (see below for details).

Wenatchee is 760 feet [232 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The ZIP code for Wenatchee: 98801<5>

Websites for Wenatchee ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Wenatchee had an population of 34,318 people. This is an increase of 7.5% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.2% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wenatchee had a population of 31,925 people (or 44.06% of the total population of Chelan County). This makes Wenatchee the county's most populous community.

The population of Wenatchee represents 0.47% of the total population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 32nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 31,925 people, the population of Wenatchee increased 14.61% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 27,856 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Wenatchee.

Communities Also Named Wenatchee ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two Washington communities named Wenatchee: This one is located in Chelan County and the other is located in Kittitas County.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Wenatchee.

Communities near Wenatchee ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Wenatchee.

  • Cashmere
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Rock Island
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Entiat
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Waterville
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
  • Malaga
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Monitor
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Dryden
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Orondo
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Peshastin
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Palisades
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palisades
    • Palisades is located in Douglas County
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Wenatchee. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Wenatchee.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Wenatchee. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Wenatchee.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Wenatchee. See our Newspapers Page for Wenatchee.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Wenatchee ...

Looking for more information about Wenatchee? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Wenatchee, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Wenatchee.

Adding Wenatchee to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Wenatchee in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Wenatchee was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Wenatchee post office opened in 1889.

We also found Wenatchee in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Wenatchee.

The official website for Wenatchee:

The official website for Chelan County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Chelan, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Wenatchee. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Wenatchee.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Wenatchee - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Wenatchee). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Wenatchee or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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