When it comes to real estate, the Chewelah area is very different from a hot market like Seattle, but it has been drawing people in at a steady rate since the housing bubble burst in 2008. The population of the town has increased from 2,186 in 2000 to 2,607 in 2015, while the zip code area has roughly a population of 4,792.
“We get at least as many, if not more, buyers moving here from out of the area as we do buyers who already live here,” said Broker Sally Beane.
“Our biggest concern for younger people looking to move to this area is employment,” said Steve Schalock, Windermere Chewelah owner and principal broker.
In the June unemployment report for the state of Washington, Stevens County showed eight percent unemployment, which is well above the statewide average of 5.6 percent. More