Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of
Washington state at the confluence of the Columbia and
Wenatchee rivers. A public power leader, the complex and
progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of
challenges and opportunities for employees. It’s a great
place to work, live and play.
Wenatchee is rated by National Geographic as one of the top 10
mountain towns in the U.S., and is a recreation paradise. Enjoy
water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking,
biking, rock climbing and golf. Downhill and cross-country
skiing are just minutes away. The natural beauty of the
Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its diversified
economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is
moderate with four distinct seasons and about 250 days of
sunshine a year. It’s the best of the Northwest –
without the rain.
The Wenatchee Valley offers parents a range of educational
opportunities for their children including public, private and
church schools. View demographics,
test scores and other information from the state Office of
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Higher education opportunities include a two-year community
college and four-year distance learning programs. Wenatchee
Valley College offers high-quality transferable, liberal arts,
technical/professional, basic skills and continuing education
for students of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds.
Performing Arts and Concerts
The area is home to a variety of theaters and music venues.
Celebrate the magic, the wonder and the beauty of live
entertainment at the 490 seat Performing Arts Center or join a
lively family of diverse individuals dedicated to sharing the
joy of live theater with our community at Music Theatre of Wenatchee.
If you enjoy Beethoven, Mozart, Bizet and Haydn, join the
activities of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony – in its 62nd
season of concerts. Or visit the Woods House Conservatory of
Music, home to 175 students and 15 teachers dedicated to the
conservation of music through teaching, concert opportunities
and the advancement of music groups, organizations and music
Town Toyota Center is the
area’s 4,300-seat events center hosting events such as
Grammy-winner Leann Rimes, Disney Live, indoor ice skating and
the Wenatchee Wild, a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team.
Explore North Central Washington’s heritage from the Ice
Age to the present day in our historic Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Discover the
rich diversity of the region’s arts, sciences and people
through exhibits and programs.
Washington’s wine country is the fastest-growing
cultural sector in the state, producing more wine grapes than
any other state in the U.S., except California. Vineyards
located in our east side of the Cascades region grow 99 percent
of Washington wine grapes.
An average one-way commute in the Wenatchee valley is less than
20 minutes. While most commuters drive their own car alone,
others carpool or take Link transit and even bike to work.
Chelan PUD bicycle commuters include an individual who bikes
most of the year. He makes a 16-mile round-trip commute from
his home near Mission Ridge and his route often takes him along
the Columbia River and Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.
Wenatchee is just 135 miles east of Seattle and 165 miles west
of Spokane. Translated into driving time, it’s only 2
hours to Seattle and 3 hours to Spokane, and it’s a
30-minute flight to Seattle from Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee.
As of January 1, 2021 the average cost of living in Wenatchee for a $100,000 job is slightly above the United States average, and considerably less than most of the larger regional cities. Cost of living as a percentage of the United States average for select cities: