Situated along the shoreline of converging Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers, in the desert region of Southeastern Washington, are three picturesque and pleasant cities - Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, collectively known as Tri-Cities. West Richland – the fourth city in the neighborhood - is also technically counted as part of Tri-Cities for the purpose of census and population.
The Airport in the region is situated in Pasco providing essential commercial and personal air transport. While Pasco is in Franklin County, the other three cities, Kennewick, Richland, and West Richland are positioned in Benton County.
The origin of Tri-Cities dates to as late as 1891 when Pasco was incorporated. With time, Kennewick was incorporated in 1904 followed by Richland in 1910. West Richland continued to be a separate entity due to the general reluctance of the residents until 1955 when the endeavors of Richland finally bore fruits to annex the community in Tri-Cities.
The most prevalent occupation found in Tri-Cities is either agriculture or agriculture-based. The region provides ample and easy opportunities for farming and irrigation thanks to its proximity to three rivers and favorable climatic conditions for diverse crops like potatoes, grapes, cherries, and apples. Besides agriculture, Pasco sports heavy fabrication and manufacturing units involved in the production of machinery parts, wine, paper, containerboard, heavy fabrication plants, French-fried potatoes, jet boats, and asphalt materials.
Richland is a bounty of natural resources which explains why the US department of energy chose it for its hub of activity in the production and research of nuclear energy and other highly technological businesses in the vicinity. The scenic beauty of Richland coupled with the mild and pleasant climate makes it a favorable place for recreational activities including golf, hiking, skiing, and water sports like boating, kayaking, and water skiing.
Kennewick offers attractive shopping opportunities with many shopping complexes in the vicinity including the largest mall in the area – the Columbia Center Mall. The place is frequented by visitors from all over Washington for shopping. The backdrop of mountains overlooking rivers like Columbia, Yakima, and Walla Walla, renders 'the winter paradise of Benton County' a visual delight for its visitors and inhabitants. The shorter and milder winters in the area make it an ideal place to settle down forever.
West Richland is an ideal location for people looking for solace, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with a lot of greenery and serenity in the atmosphere. The region is an extended part of Richland, which is well connected to the Tri-Cities despite being aloof and untouched by the commercial and machine-like aspects of Tri-Cities.
Tri-Cities is a booming real estate market by all means and growing at a very fast pace. According to the census, Tri-Cities is growing at the fastest pace in all of Washington.