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Kennewick, WA

Located near the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers in southeast Washington, Kennewick and its surrounding areas are a water lover's outdoor playground. With approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, the town coaxes residents and visitors to spend lots of time outside, where they can enjoy activities such as boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and windsurfing.

Along with the neighboring communities of Pasco and Richland, Kennewick is part of what is known as Washington's Tri-Cities region, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Kennewick has a population of more than 65,000.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Kennewick's growing population is matched by a growing economy. Low electric costs and excellent interstate highway and rail access have played key roles in attracting new businesses to the city.

Agriculture, light manufacturing, food processing, retail trade, services and technology are the region's main industries. Manufacturing employment has been increasing at a steady annual rate and technology is also a growing sector. In fact, the Tri-Cities region was recently named one of the country's top 10 high-technology communities by the Milken Institute.

The number of jobs in the Tri-Cities region has increased substantially in the last decade, and the area now has a considerable workforce. Large employers in the region include:

Kennewick is also located in the heart of Washington's wine country, and boasts numerous wineries and vineyards within a 50-mile radius of the city. Some of the larger wineries, such as Columbia Crest, produce millions of bottles of wine per year.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Kennewick's neighborhoods generally provide affordable housing for a wide range of home owners and renters. A sampling of Kennewick's neighborhoods shows that much of the city has a suburban feel:

EDUCATION

SPORTS TEAMS

From boating to hiking, Kennewick offers plenty of recreational activities. The Tri-Cities region is home to an estimated 99 public parks, as well as several public and private golf courses. Additionally, there are three professional sports teams. They are:

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

The arts flourish in the Kennewick area. The region is home to approximately 22 museums and art galleries, community theaters, a ballet and other cultural organizations. Some of the most prominent cultural attractions include:

LOCAL MEDIA

Kennewick is served by one daily newspaper, the Tri-City Herald, and is part of a television market that also includes Yakima, Washington. Television stations based in the Kennewick area are:


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