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Living in the Tri-Cities


Welcome to the Tri-Cities, made up of Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland, and the home of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Tri-Cities is centrally located among all of the metropolitan areas of the Pacific Northwest including Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, and Spokane in Washington; Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. The Tri-Cities population is about 242,000 people. Recreational and sports enthusiasts love the Tri-Cities, as it receives an average of eight inches of precipitation every year, allowing over 300 days of sunshine.

Residents enjoy the Tri-Cities' unique local flavor, excellent school system, virtually non-existent traffic congestion, low crime rate, diverse outdoor recreational opportunities, and regional attractions. Families have many housing choices from established neighborhoods to new construction developments. Whether you have animals and love the country life, or want to live next to a golf course, on the river, or near shopping and business, there is a home waiting for you in our community.

The Tri-Cities often receives national and regional “Top” and “Best” accolades for its economy, growth, culture, and family-oriented environment.

  • (2015) The Most Relaxing City in the U.S., Best Cities For Millennial Job Seekers in Washington
  • (2014) Best Small Cities to Live, Cities on the Rise, Top 10 Cities on the Rise, Best Cities for Work, Nation’s Highest Concentration of Engineers and Architects, Top Place to Raise Children, Top Performing Schools, Safest Cities in Washington
  • (2013) Best Places to Live, Wineries With Fabulous Food, #11 in the Country for Economic Strength, Top Wineries, Best Places for Business and Careers, Best Places for STEM Graduates
  • (2012) Top Cities People Are Moving To, Great Cities To Raise Your Kids
  • (2011) Best Economically Performing Cities, Top 20 Geekiest Cities

Our professional sports teams: Tri-City Americans WHL, ice hockey; Tri-City Dust Devils, a professional affiliate of the Colorado Rockies; and the Tri-Cities Fever, a member of the Arena Football 2 league, offer something for everyone. From bicycling to bowling, hunting to fishing, soccer to snow skiing, recreational opportunities are endless.

Due in part to the area's exceptional climate, golf is one of the Tri-Cities most popular sports. The area's ten beautiful courses challenge the most experienced golfer as well as the beginner.

The confluence of the Snake, Yakima and Columbia Rivers has produced an aquatic playground second to none. The inviting waterways beckon water lovers from all over the region to enjoy sailing, power and pleasure boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, the annual Columbia Cup Unlimited Hydroplane races and Over the River Air Show, and much more.