Chelan-Douglas Trends
Chelan-Douglas Trends
Eastern Washington University
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WELCOME

Thank you for visiting Chelan – Douglas Trends, an online community resource offering a centralized location to learn more about Chelan & Douglas Counties. With 130 indicators highlighted, all are supported by trusted, reliable sources and are continually updated.

These measures were chosen by residents in both counties through a careful process and represent the preferences of what to measure from the available data. As you begin to examine the nine main categories, we hope you find the information relevant and useful in your daily work and decision-making. Enjoy your visit!


ABOUT US

Chelan Douglas Trends seeks to improve local, public decision making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data are offered as neutral information for all parties involved in public policy issues.

More specifically, the goals are:

  • To collect and share a broad spectrum of information to support informed decision making by individual community
  • members, governmental policy makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, researchers and the press.
  • To benchmark Chelan Douglas Trends against Washington State trends or other comparable communities to better understand our strengths and opportunities.
  • To enable analysis of these trends.

Our Approach

One of the challenges of developing the Chelan Douglas Trends site is the regional nature of the many communities we serve. Over 200 community volunteers participated in 16 focus groups to determine the top indicators in each category. In determining which data sets would be used, the following guidelines were followed:

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OUR HOME

From the east slope of the beautiful Cascade Mountains to the Shrub Steppe and wheat fields of the Waterville Plateau, Chelan and Douglas Counties are centrally locally between Seattle and Spokane. Where the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers converge, in the heart of wine, apple and wheat country, outdoor recreation abounds, with snowmobiling, skiing, boating and biking drawing tourists all four seasons to the region. Manufacturing, education, healthcare, recreational tourism, a fully electrified scenic highway, and agriculture provide sustenance for a quality of life that makes Chelan and Douglas Counties our North Central Washington home.


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FEATURED TREND

2.2.3 Total Taxable Retail Sales and Annual Growth Rate: Annual taxable retail sales represent one of the most important measures of the size and changes in the economies of Chelan and Douglas Counties. These sales often serve as a key proxy of total county economic activity, since consumption forms the largest part of any economy. Taxable retail sales also offer critical support to local and state government entities, as it provides the largest share of revenues to both levels of government. Additionally, the level and growth rate of retail sales gives economic development agencies and groups throughout the area a sense of how well the economy is doing. more information