Other Cities Near Wenatchee
(pron.: /wɛˈnætʃiː/ US dict: wĕ·năt′·chē) is located in North Central Washington and is the largest city and county seat of Chelan County, Washington, United States. The population within the city limits in 2010 was 31,925. The population was 32,400 at 2012 Estimate from Office of Financial Management. Located at the confluence of the Wenatchee
and Columbia rivers near the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range, Wenatchee
lies on the western side of the Columbia River, across from the city of East Wenatchee
. The Columbia River forms the boundary between Chelan and Douglas County. Wenatchee
is the principal city of the "Wenatchee
, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area", which encompasses all of Chelan and Douglas counties (total population around 110,884). However, the 'Wenatchee
Area' generally refers to the land between Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dam on both banks of the Columbia, which includes East Wenatchee
, Rock Island, and Malaga.
The city was named for the nearby Wenatchi Indian tribe. The name is a Sahaptin word that means "river which comes from canyons" or "robe of the rainbow". Awenatchela means "people at the source ". The city of Wenatchee
shares its name with the Wenatchee
River, Lake Wenatchee
and the Wenatchee
is known as the "Apple Capital of the World" due to the valley's many orchards. The city is also sometimes referred to as the "Buckle of the Power Belt of the Great Northwest". The "Power Belt of the Great Northwest" is a metaphor for the series of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. Rock Island Dam is located nearest to the middle of this "belt", and so was labeled the "Buckle". This saying is printed at the top of every issue of Wenatchee
's newspaper, the Wenatchee
World, and is no longer in common use elsewhere.