Regional Demographic PROFILE
Chelan and Douglas Counties are joined together by a regional economy and labor market, an integrated transportation network, and shared culture and history. The Wenatchee-East Wenatchee area is the urban population center and the business and services hub of the region, with a retail and services market area that reaches into Grant, Kittitas and Okanogan counties, and the Okanogan Valley region of south-central British Columbia, Canada. The rural areas throughout Chelan and Douglas counties sustain thriving agricultural production with an emphasis on tree fruit (apples, cherries, pears, apricots), wheat, and wine grapes.
The combination of an agrarian culture, a scenic setting along the east slope of the Cascades mountain range, Lake Chelan, the Columbia River and its major tributaries, an dry and sunny climate and high quality outdoor recreation opportunities, many of the small cities and rural sub-regions are developing a strong and growing regional tourism sector.
These characteristics shape the population demographics and trends in the region. The 2015 Regional Demographic Profile provides an understanding of these trends, and serve as important data to guide the Council's planning and decision making for the regional transportation system.