Douglas County is part of the Wenatchee MSA (Chelan and Douglas Counties) and has a population of over 118,400. The largest population center for the region is the Wenatchee Valley which extends from Cashmere to the west and Rock Island to the east and includes the cities of East Wenatchee and Wenatchee. Within this region is the Douglas County Opportunity Zone with more than 1,400 acres of industrial zoned land and the Pangborn Memorial Airport with daily flights to Seattle. Although regions economy has an agricultural base, the Wenatchee Valley serves as the regional hub for retail, professional and health services in the four-county area consisting of Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties. With numerous data centers in the region there is also a growing tech and tech support industry.
With four seasons and access to an abundance of public land, the area is filled with all types of outdoor recreational opportunities. Mission Ridge Ski Resort is 15 miles out of Wenatchee with great winter snow and summer hiking. The Wenatchee National Forest has over 2,500 miles of trails for hiking or biking and the paved Apple Capital loop Trail makes a loop along the shores of the Columbia River… it is the longest loop trail in Washington State. Thanks to the hydro dams we have a great community parks system along the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers that provide plenty of water access. The Columbia river offers paddle boarding, rowing, water skiing and more while the Wenatchee river has great whitewater rafting. There are several great golf courses, and the fishing enthusiast will enjoy the great Salmon, Trout and Bass fishing in the regional rivers and lakes. The mountains and shrub steppe offer all types of hunting from deer and elk to several types of birds. The region is also home to a large number of breweries and cideries and with 3 separate distinct American Vinicultural Areas the area is home to more than 40 wineries. The Wenatchee Valley is a friendly, safe and inviting place to have a family.
Ron Cridlebaugh, Economic Development Manager