About the Tri-Cities
The Tri-Cities, located in southeastern Washington along the confluence of the Snake, Yakima, and Columbia Rivers, is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Residents enjoy the unique local flavor, quality school systems, little traffic congestion, abundant sunshine, many outdoor recreation opportunities and countless regional attractions.
When living in the Tri-Cities, you can expect temperatures of 70 - 90 degrees in the summer and mild weather in the winter. Minimal cloud cover provides residents with 300 days of sunshine each year, resulting in year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation.
In addition to 33 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and nine high schools, the Tri-Cities boasts a vocational school, Columbia Basin College, and Washington State University branch campus. Two of the Tri-Cities eight high schools made Newsweek’s “2007 Top High Schools.”
The Tri-Cities is home to a variety of businesses, including many technology-based firms, large industrial business, environmental restoration and research, specialty gift shops, clothing and accessories stores, and art galleries. With a low cost of living and above average median income possibilities, employers are able to attract and keep employees who value quality of life. You can take in a ball game; walk or bike a riverfront trail; picnic by the river; sample the bounty of 100 wineries; golf the area’s 10 beautiful courses; learn about Kennewick Man, Lewis & Clark, or local tribal history; take a jet boat tour of the Hanford Reach National Monument; or purchase gourmet goodies and fresh seasonal produce.
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Whether you love the country life, want to live next to a golf course or be near shopping and business, there is a home waiting for you in our community.
Tri-Cities Number 1 on Secure Places List
Three of the top five mid-size cities on a list of the most secure places to live in the United States are in Washington, with the Tri-Cities in the top spot, according to the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies' Most Secure U.S. Places to Live rankings. The Farmers rankings took into consideration crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters and job loss numbers in 331 U.S. municipalities. The study divided the communities into three groups: large metropolitan areas, mid-size cities and small towns. Olympia ranked No. 2 on the mid-size list and Bremerton is No. 5. No Washington cities are ranked on the large metro or small towns lists. The Richland-Kennewick-Pasco area lies at the confluence of the Snake, Yakima and Columbia rivers 15 miles from the Oregon border. With nearly 300 days of sunshine and just 6.5 inches of rain per year, it is in the heart of Washington's wine country and produces 99 percent of the state's wine grapes.
Puget Sound Business Journal, June 7, 2005