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Central Washington
Country United States
State Washington
Borders on British Columbia, Oregon, Cascade Range/Western Washington
River Columbia River
Coordinates 47°30′N 120°0′W / 47.5°N 120°W / 47.5; -120

Central Washington is a region of the U.S. state of Washington between the western and eastern parts of the state extending from the border with the Canadian province of British Columbia in the north to the border with the U.S. state of Oregon in the south. Generally, the western edge is the Cascade Range and the eastern edge is in the vicinity of the 119th meridian west, however there is no agreed definition for the extent of Central Washington. In addition, the term Eastern Washington usually includes Central Washington.

Central Washington is also further divided into North Central and South Central. Washington State Department of Transportation uses these groupings as part of their district office divisions.

  • North Central Washington, or NCW, is defined as including Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. The Washington State Department of Transportation and the North Central Region Library includes Grant County In addition, the library system and the Heritage Museum includes Ferry County. Wenatchee is the largest city in this region.
  • South Central Washington includes Benton, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Yakima Counties, in addition to all counties south of the Snake River, in the Department of Transportation use of the term. Yakima is the largest city in this region, Yakima and the Tri-Cities are the largest metro areas of this region.


Central Washington is made up of the following counties:

Cities of note

Notable mountain ranges

  • Cascade Range
  • Chiwaukum Mountains
  • Stuart Range
  • Wenatchee Mountains
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