Located in southeastern Washington, the Tri-Cities is a family-friendly region that has drawn national attention in recent years for its strong economy, low cost of living and quality of life offered.
The region is comprised of four cities – Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, and Pasco. With a combined city population of about 220,000 and a metro population topping 260,000, the Tri-Cities is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state.
Located in a semi-arid climate with mild winters and more than 300 days of sunshine each year, the Tri-Cities offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Its location at the confluence of three major rivers makes it an ideal venue for watersports and fishing.
Golf is also a popular activity among local residents, with the region being home to at least 10 golf courses. The region also features dozens of wineries and many wine tasting tours and wine-related festivals.
For sports enthusiasts, three minor league professional sports teams (baseball, hockey, arena football) call the Tri-Cities home.
The Tri-Cities area is well known for its robust school system and post-secondary opportunities. In addition to eight public high schools, the area also offers a technical skills center, community college, and a four-year branch campus of Washington State University.
A recent U.S. News and World Report survey placed three local high schools among the top in the state.
The region’s diversified economy has remained strong over the last decade, leading to national recognition. In 2010, Kiplinger recognized Kennewick as one of the Top 10 places to raise a family, citing the strong economy, low cost of living and abundance of outdoor activities.
Also in 2010, CNN/Money listed the region as one of the top 10 best bets for gains in housing value.