When looking for a place to call home many people look for a city that is great for raising a family. Kiplinger recently released a top 10 list of the greatest American cities for raising a family. In order to make it on the list cities had to have a healthy economy, strong schools, low crime rates, job growth, vibrant local culture, and lots of parks and recreational activities. These are a lot of factors to consider when looking at so many American cities, but they did it and on that list is none other than our local Kennewick Washington.
The city of Kennewick with a population nearing 70,000 is a largely a research based economy, they were able to withstand the recession quite well with only a 6.2% unemployment rate and abounding high-tech jobs in nuclear and others forms of sustainable energy. Employment is up 1% in the area bringing in more people to the area with their families. Schools in Kennewick and surrounding areas are doing well, GreatSchools.com rated them 6 with 10 being the highest. The parks and recreational opportunities are plentiful with parks all over and many recreational activities for all ages. Being situated on the confluences of the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake Rivers there is plenty to do outdoors on any of the nearly 300 days of sunshine the area boasts of.
The community of Kennewick is very safe, crime rates are very low, Kiplinger reported 373 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Combing the low crime rates with the low cost of living and reasonable housing costs (median home values are $150,000), I would say that makes for a great place to live!
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