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Also known as 'the winter paradise of Benton County', Kennewick is one of the three constituent cities of the 'Tri-Cities', in company with Pasco and Richland being the other two cities. Kennewick is located in the Southeastern Washington, along the southwest bank of the Columbia River, opposite Pasco - Washington, just south of the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers and northeast of the Walla Walla River , to be precise. According to relevant census, Kennewick is the most populous city of the Tri-cities, with the total population crossing sixty thousand as per 2004 census.
Geographics and Demographics
As of the census of 2010, there were 73,917 people, 27,266 households, and 18,528 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,744.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,059.8 /km2). There were 28,507 housing units at an average density of 1,058.6 per square mile (408.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.5% White, 1.7% African American, 0.8% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 12.1% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.2% of the population.
There were 27,266 households of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.0% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22.
The median age in the city was 32.6 years. 28.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.8% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.
Officially incorporated on February 5, 1904 , Kennewick was known by many names in the past. One of the names includes "Tehe" that allegedly originated from the laughter of a native girl who was asked the name of the city. A Native American word, Kennewick literally means 'grassy place'. Besides 'Kennewick Man' is the name given to the prehistoric remains of a man, dating back to as many as 9000 years, found on a nearby bank of the Columbia River. The Kennewick man is thought to have Caucasian features that however contradict with the age of the remains as per historians.
Kennewick is a major attraction among the fellow Tri Cities owing to its lucrative shopping opportunities and recreational activities. Kennewick is host city to Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League and the af2's Tri-Cities Fever. Kennewick also hosts annual hydroplane racing at the Water Follies event on the Columbia River. Further, the city is also frequented by residents from all parts of Southeastern Washington for its shopping complexes and malls, including the center point 'Columbia Center Mall'.
The city is also flourishing with thirteen elementary schools (Amistad, Canyon View, Cascade, Eastgate, Edison, Hawthorne, Lincoln, Ridge View, Southgate, Sunset View, Vista, Washington, Westgate), four middle schools (Park, Highlands, Desert Hills, Horse Heaven Hills), and three high schools: Kennewick High School (the Lions), Kamiakin High School (the Braves), and Southridge High School (the Suns).
In a nutshell, the city provides ample reasons for visitors to want to settle down. The favorable climatic conditions are aptly complimented by facilities like education, occupational opportunities and infrastructure conducive to growth, rendering the city a blooming real estate market in the real sense of the word.
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