County Transportation Metrics is a project of the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) and will provide a roadmap for setting transportation priorities.

Chelan County

Created out of Okanogan and Kittitas Counties in 1899, Chelan County draws its name from a Chelan Indian word meaning "deep water".  It is the third largest county in the state in land area. The county includes the drainages of the Wenatchee River, the Entiat River, Lake Chelan and the Chelan River. Irrigation has transformed the area's valleys into rich agricultural lands -- home to Washington apples. Hydroelectric power is also key to the area. Wenatchee is the county seat.

Agriculture is an important economic force for the area- particularly apple, cherry, pear and peaches. Nonfarm employment is largely in related industries such as food manufacturing, trade and tourism. Wineries are also playing an increasing role in both agriculture and tourism.

Tourism plays a large part in the economy with two very popular areas for the state: Lake Chelan and Leavenworth.

Population (OFM Databook, 2011) 

Population (2011) 72,700
Population Change (2000 to 2010)      1.4%
Land Area (Sq. Mi.) 2,920.52
Density (Population/Sq. Mi.) 24.89


Chelan 3,930

Major Highways

  • US Route 2
  • US Route 997

County Roads (CRAB and OFM, 2011)

Total Center Lane Miles
Maintenance Expenditures
$ 6,059,385
Preservation Expenditures
$ 5,566,422
Improvement Expenditures
$ 112,141

County Revenues  & Expenditures (OFM Databook, 2011)

Total Revenues
$ 75,379,901
Total Expenditures
$ 77,440,252
Transportation Expenditures
$ 10,511,409


Performance Measures

Links & Sources

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