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Living in the Tri-Cities

About Tri-Cities, Washington

Water. Weather. Wine

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.

With a population of about 242,000 people, the Tri-Cities is a premier location for activities as it only receives an average of 8 inches of precipitation every year, allowing over 300 days of sunshine.

photo of hydroplane race

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, and much more.

Recreational and sports enthusiasts love the Tri-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.

couple at a wine bar

The Tri-Cities' area wineries are still young enough to be intimate, yet experienced enough to produce world-class wines. A visit to one of the 160 area wineries in the Columbia Valley is a truly unique experience. You will often be greeted by the winemaker and invited to tour the vineyards, labs and warehouse.

Residents enjoy the Tri-Cities' unique local flavor, excellent school system, virtually non-existent traffic congestion, low crime rate, diverse outdoor recreational opportunities, and limitless 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.

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