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A+ Wenatchee Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Wenatchee Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% lower than Washington
1022% more expensive than the US average
11515% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wenatchee cost of living
B Wenatchee Crime Total crime is 25% lower than Washington
Total crime
2,6065% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 395% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-28%Year over year crime is down
Wenatchee crime
D+ Wenatchee Employment Household income is 27% lower than Washington
Median household income
$45,60618% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,22619% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%20% lower than the US average
Wenatchee employment
C Wenatchee Housing Home value is 23% lower than Washington
Median home value
$208,20013% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$81015% lower than the US average
Home ownership
57%10% lower than the US average
Wenatchee real estate or Wenatchee rentals
F Wenatchee Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than Washington
High school grad. rates
77%7% lower than the US average
School test scores
38%23% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
31:194% higher than the US average
Wenatchee K-12 schools or Wenatchee colleges

Living in Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee, Washington is a medium-sized city with a population of 33,257 residents. Wenatchee has a population density of 3,361 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Wenatchee is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are American Indian and Alaskan and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Wenatchee are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 27% of the population also speak Spanish. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 74% of the population considered married and 57% with kids under the age of 18, Wenatchee could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to decide if living in Wenatchee is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Washington, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Wenatchee and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Wenatchee to Washington and the national average.

Wenatchee, WA receives 70 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #180 in Washington and #10,919 in the USA. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Wenatchee scores well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Wenatchee. The following was graded with a concerning score: education (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Wenatchee, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Ohme Gardens, Riverfront Park, and Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort.

Wenatchee real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Wenatchee. The median home price for Wenatchee homes is $208,200, which is 22.7% lower than the Washington average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Wenatchee, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.6, which is 7% higher than the Washington average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Wenatchee were 13%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.7%.

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Compare Wenatchee, WA Livability To Other Cities

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Wenatchee, WA72033,257
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Cashmere, WA699.13,150

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Don't Visit Here. Period.

This town is beyond boring, if you are in your late 70's this is the place for you. Nothing to do here but weed and alchohol. You wanna go golf? We got em. You wanna walk in our mile long stretch of rundown business that we claim is our walk of the Vegas strip? We got em. You wanna build ramps and ride bikes on them? We don't got them because Mayor Drew refuses to allow us to do such. You wanna visit our copy and paste parks? We got em. You wanna have an extremely boring birthday. We got em! Don't come! Wish I could give a 0 star.
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Wenatchee can be the right fit for a lot of people

I grew up in the Seattle area, so I am one of those "westsiders" who has found life to the east of the Cascades to be much better. Wenatchee is the right fit for me and for anyone who wants a recreational paradise. I am not kidding. This place can rival the big name outdoor cities with its offerings. The cost of living here compared to a place like Bend, Oregon is pretty good, though not so cheap compared to Spokane or Boise. If you do not like being outside then this place probably will not fit you. Nightlife and downtown shopping does not draw a crowd, but I think it is moving in the right direction in a slow way. Craft breweries are popping up and there is a relatively large group of outdoor enthusiasts and organizations that are very successful. It is hard to be single here, though. The city sits between mountains and foothills to the west and the Columbia river to the east. It is only at about 650 feet of altitude, but you can get up to close to 7k feet at the top of the nearby ski resort. I am not really into boating, fishing, hunting, or trucking around, but there are plenty of those kinds of opportunities here. There are also opportunities for golf, wine tasting at estate wineries, and you are pretty close to Chelan and Leavenworth if you like the touristy places. What I like about the recreation here comes down to the easy access to the trails in the foothills and nearby Cascades. I can ride my mountain bike from my house in central Wenatchee up four thousand feet of elevation on forest trails. Some days I see no one. The mountain biking here is top-notch and a local organization plans to build a lot more single track in the future. Road biking opportunities exist as well on some of the most beautiful routes you can find in the country. In the summer I ride up to the Stemilt area south of town on quiet country roads with few cars and incredible views of orchards and the river. Glacier Peak stands out on the horizon. Trail running can be done here almost 10 months or more out of the year. Nearby Leavenworth (22 miles away) has access to the famed Enchantments and the whole Alpine Lakes wilderness area. In the spring you can whitewater raft down the Wenatchee and Methow rivers and a few more options exist for hardcore kayakers. SUPing is becoming popular on the Columbia and the entire shoreline down there is a great place to hang out. A paved trail allows cyclists, runners, and walkers to loop from Wenatchee to East Wenatchee for a total of about 11 miles plus 8 or so more on extensions. This is a safe place for families with all kinds of access to sports fields and natural landscapes for bird watching. In the winter you can downhill ski at Mission Ridge. The annual pass is very affordable and there really are no lift lines. They have snow-making capabilities and a lot of opportunities for expansion. It's drier snow by Washington standards. Most of this is within a 10 mile radius of downtown. On the downside, Wenatchee probably does not have a lot of economic opportunities. You'll need to have a job lined up. A lot of surgeons and nurses move here just because of the recreation. There is a decent sized hospital and the tourist industry is growing. I do not have kids but I hear the local schools are mediocre. There is a community college in town with a lot of well-qualified faculty members (check out the directory) with graduate degrees from well-known institutions. I imagine a lot of them work here for the recreation. If kids do not get challenged at the K-12 level they can probably get well prepared there. The valley needs to attract creative folks who can expand business opportunities beyond agriculture and tourism. As far as infrastructure goes, I think Wenatchee is slowly moving in the right direction. It is no Bend or Whitefish, but the downtown area has a rather unpretentious historic feel to it. I love old brick buildings and older houses, so I am attracted to this kind of town. With a little urban improvement this place could really turn around. So, if you can find work and want to play a lot outside, Wenatchee might be a better option than Bend or Boulder. Way less expensive with very few people actually taking advantage of the recreation relative to the size of the place. It is sunny and dry except for some brutal parts of winter. And Seattle is only 2 and half hours away if you need a day in the big city.
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