Chelan County, Washington

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Chelan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. Its population was 66,616 at the 2000 U.S. census. It is part of the 'Wenatchee–East Wenatchee, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The county seat is at Wenatchee, which is also the county's largest city. "Chelan" (pronounced /ʃəˈlæn/) derives from a Chelan Indian word meaning "deep water," likely a reference to 55-mile (89 km)-long Lake Chelan, which reaches a maximum depth of 1,486 feet (453 m).

Chelan County was created out of Okanogan and Kittitas Counties on March 13, 1899.[1][2]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,994 square miles (7,754.4 km2), of which 2,921 square miles (7,565.4 km2) is land and 72 square miles (186.5 km2) (2.41%) is water.

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