Vibrant, educated and family-friendly, Richland boasts unlimited recreational opportunities with three great rivers converging and the warmth of 300 days of sun each year. Richland is known as the science and engineering hub, home to two college campuses and a national laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. An interesting fact is that there are more Richland residents who specialize in computers and math than 95% of other U.S. cities. Richland also ranks among the highest in the nation for their level of education with 42.06% having at least a bachelor’s degree.
Richland began as a small World War II era town born of comradery, determination and perseverance. Between 1943 and 1945, Richland’s population ballooned from 250 to 20,000 residents and 5,000 homes were built. Letters were assigned to house plans, and today, these “Alphabet Homes” remain an important part of Richland’s history.
Richland real estate consists mainly of single-family homes with home buying options for all. Homes with views overlooking the Tri-Cities and its rivers are available in South Richland subdivisions such as Westcliffe, Sundance Ridge and Falcon Crest. Popular mid-century design homes can be found in North Richland. Waterfront living with incredible riverfront views is an option in Columbia Point, Richland. Like to golf? Richland has three 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole course. Horn Rapids in North Richland offers premium golf course living – best of both worlds. And, backyard enjoyment is always easy breezy in Richland with an average lot size of .20+ of an acre.
One of the most popular outdoor activities in Richland is hiking Badger Mountain. At an elevation of 1,593 feet, the landmark gives a breathtaking view of the Tri-Cities including Rattlesnake Mountain and the Blue Mountains. Other favorite activities are boating and kayaking the Columbia River, spending an afternoon at one of Richland’s many parks, and shopping at the Uptown Shopping Center, home to eclectic mom and pop shops. Like to bird watch? Bateman Island is classified as an Urban Watchable Wildlife Area and very popular for fishing and bird watching.
The arts come alive in the Tri-Cities. Don’t miss a show at the Windermere Children’s Theatre set to open for the fall 2020 production by Academy of Children’s Theatre (ACT). ACT provides theatre arts opportunities to the youth of the greater Mid-Columbia.