Chelan-Douglas Trends Blog

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6.1.2 Homeownership Rate
Home ownership is typically part of the “American dream” and for most families their largest asset. Estimates of home ownership in Chelan and Douglas Counties show a slide from 2009 to 2021 of 71% to a value of 62%.

6.1.3 Homeowners Pay 30%+ of Income on Shelter
This segment of the area population who are home owners refers to those who are “burdened,” to varying degrees, by shelter costs (rent and utilities). Despite the rapidly appreciating housing market locally, the estimated rate in 2021 for the two counties was lower than a decade ago. It has risen, however, in the past four years.

6.1.4 Homeownership Rate of Households with Incomes 30%-60% of Area Median Income (AMI)
Those households with incomes in the range of only 30 to 60% of the median income in the metro area are, for sure, low income. This measure tracks the share of this income group who own their own home. At 45%, the 2021 estimate was the second-lowest on record.

6.2.4 Renters Spending 30%+ of Income on Shelter
This segment of the renting population refers to those who are “burdened,” to varying degrees, by shelter costs (rent and utilities). At 35% in 2021, it represents the continuation of a rise in the share started in 2018.

6.2.5 Renters Spending 50%+ of Income on Shelter
This segment of the renting population represents those who are “severely burdened” by shelter costs (rent and utilities). The share in 2021 returned to the lows registered in the middle of the last decade, at about 15%.



8.1.1 Alternate Modes of Transportation
Working from home pushed the overall share of the workforce using alternative means to “get to work” to an estimated all-time high in 2021. At 12%, the work from home segment was twice as high as 2019. (Estimates from 2020 are not available.) In turn, the result for the greater Wenatchee area was about half of the Washington estimate.


9.1.5 Salmon Counts at Rock Island Dam
2022 provided the highest count of salmon at Rock Island dam in records going back to 1985. As in recent years, sockeye made up the largest part of the run.

9.1.6 Salmon Counts at Rocky Reach Dam
Similar to the experience at Rock Island, Rocky Reach dam salmon migration flows were the highest on record, significantly outpacing 2013, the 2nd most abundant year of salmon in this stretch of the Columbia.

9.1.7 Recipients of Opioid Prescriptions
The count of patients receiving an opioid prescription continued its decline in the second quarter of 2022. The rate was identical to the overall rate in the state.

9.1.12 Associate’s STEM Degrees Granted
Over the last three graduating classes (through spring of 2021), the share receiving an Associate’s degree in a STEM field, including health, has remained the same, a little over 15%. This represents a decline from a decade ago.

Updated 01.06.2023

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