Situated at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima Rivers in Southeastern Washington, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and West Richland make up the Tri-Cities. Then why “Tri” when there are four? The short answer is that West Richland grew large enough to deserve recognition, but the area had already been branded as the “Tri-Cities.”
Kennewick is the largest of the three cities and relies on light industry and retail to support its thriving economy. Kennewick Man, a 9,200-year-old skeleton unearthed in Kennewick’s Columbia Park, was a significant discovery receiving national attention.
Pasco is near the site where the Lewis & Clark Expedition made camp in 1805. Pasco has both strong agricultural and industrial roots.
Richland started out as a small farming community, but the population boomed in 1943 when the government built the country’s first nuclear reactor on the Hanford Site. The Hanford Site continues to play a major role in the Tri-Cities economy and is also a huge partner in the science and technology communities worldwide.
West Richland was originally the two small communities of Enterprise and Heminger City. The City of West Richland experienced growth during the decade of the 1990s, doubling its population. The growth continues in West Richland due to the popularity of the mix of urban and rural living that it offers.
Today, the Tri-Cities is the fastest growing metropolitan area in Washington and consistently rated as one of the best places to raise a family or retire. The Tri-Cities has plenty to offer, and it attracts its residents for good reasons.
Low $39,900 | Average $514,762 | Median $475,995 | High $3,750,000
Situated in a lush, desert region, the Tri-Cities weather boasts four distinct seasons with longer summers and shorter winters. Glorious sunshine abounds over 300 days each year and the average annual precipitation is less than seven inches each year. Winter temperatures hover at 44 degrees with little to no snowfall, so golf courses are open year-round. Summer temperature averages hover around a pleasant 88 degrees, with river breezes contributing to cool evenings and balmy days. Agriculture thrives and the landscape is lush due to irrigation water provided to most areas April-October via extensive canal systems sourced from mountain ranges and rivers.
The Tri-Cities is centrally located and linked to the major population centers of the Pacific Northwest by Interstate Highways 82, 84, and 90. Seattle and Portland drive times are 3 ½ hours. The Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) has you covered with direct daily flights to Seattle, Portland, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis. Phoenix, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.
Diverse outdoor recreation
A year-round outdoor paradise with an aquatic playground that is second to none. The inviting waterways beckon water lovers to enjoy sailing, power and pleasure boating, swimming, and much more. From hiking to mountain biking to road cycling, hunting to fishing, soccer to water-skiing, the recreational opportunities are endless. Golf is one of the Tri-Cities most popular sports due to the exceptional climate.
Affordable cost of living
Cost of living in the Tri-Cities is below the US average in health, utilities and transportation. The Tri-Cities offers a variety of housing options ranging from established neighborhoods to new-construction developments. Whether you have animals and love the rural life, or want to live next to a golf course, on the river, or near shopping and businesses, home is waiting for you in the Tri-Cities.
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