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Summary of Kennewick
Three cities, Kennewick, Pasco and Richland situated in Washington are collectively called the Tri-Cities. Of the three, Kennewick in the Benton County in southeastern Washington is the most populous. According to 2010 census estimates, Kennewick has a total population of 73,917. It is located along the southwest bank of the Columbia River, northeast of the Walla Walla River and towards the south of the point where the Columbia and Yakima Rivers converge.
Name Origin of Kennewick
Kennewick was previously known by many other names, including one of which the origin is attributed to a native girl's laughter when she was asked the name of the region. 'Kennewick' supposedly means 'grassy place' in the native language. The place has also been called 'winter paradise' thanks to the mild winters that the area is known to have. The official incorporation of Kennewick, WA was on February 5, 1904. James Beaver is the current mayor of Kennewick, WA.
The city is known for its 'Kennewick Man' - the remains of a prehistoric man who supposedly had Caucasian features despite being indigenous, that was found on the bank of the Columbia River. Numerous controversies have occurred over the ownership of these remains that are said to date back to 9000 years ago.
Besides being the host city of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, Kennewick also hosted the 2005 National Indoor Football League champions, the Tri-Cities Fever. The games are played at the Toyota Center that also plays host to quite a few regional events. Hydroplane racing that happens every year at the Water Follies event on the Columbia River every summer is another attraction of Kennewick. The place is also a shoppers paradise as residents from all over southwestern Washington come here to shop in its commercial district, the major attraction of which is Columbia Center Mall.
As per the United States Census Bureau, the total area of Kennewick is 63.0 km, of which 59.4 km is land and 3.6 km is water. The city is located at 46'12'13'n, 119'9'33'W (46.203475, -119.159270).
The findings of the 2010 census were as follows: 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.
Kennewick's public schools are part of the Kennewick Wa School District that has thirteen elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools. The elementary schools are Amistad, Canyon View, Cascade, Eastgate, Edison, Hawthorne, Lincoln, Ridge View, Southgate, Sunset View, Vista, Washington and Westgate. Middle schools are Desert Hills, Park, Highlands and Horse Heaven Hills; and high schools are Kennewick High School (the Lions), Kamiakin High School (the Braves) and Southridge High School (the Suns).
Related Kennewick Resources:
Related Resources for Along the River's Path:
- Land of Three Rivers
- Kennewick Rivers
- The Columbia River
- The Snake River
- River Recreation
- Port of Pasco
- Richland Steelhead Fishing
- Kennewick Water Follies
- Hydroplane Races
- Naturalist's Paradise
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