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Overview
Population:73,640
Pop. Change:24%
State: Washington
Metro Area: Kennewick-Richland-Pasco Metro Area
County: Benton County
City:Kennewick
Zip Code:99336, 99337, ... 3 total
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Kennewick's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
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Kennewick-Richland-Pasco Metro Area

Profile: Small town complex

Location: Southeastern Washington at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers

Elevation: 360

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

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Small town atmosphereIsolation
Future job growthEntertainment
Water recreationHarsh climate

This Tri Cities area along the Snake-Columbia river confluence is agricultural, with irrigated vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and livestock with an assortment of industrial and government-related activities mixed in. The towns, which are separated by a few miles, are clean, plain, and simple, with low crime and a relative lack of historic and cultural amenities. Pasco in particular serves as a major Columbia River port for agricultural products, paper and forest products, boats and metal fabrication are also a significant part of the economic base. Richland, 6 miles downriver, plays a major role as commercial, research and administrative center for the vast Hanford Site, a U.S. Department of Energy nuclear waste and research facility. Richland also has the strongest health care facilities and the strongest base of high-paying jobs. Kennewick is more residential and retail-commercial and is the largest and most family-oriented of the three. The Columbia River and some of the vast outdoor spaces nearby provides some recreation, but relatively dry topography surrounding the area contradicts the usual image of lush, green forests often attached to the Washington and the Pacific Northwest. The area has become more noted as a wine growing region. Walla Walla, a college town 40 miles east, brings some amenities in a more attractive and more wooded mountainous setting. The isolation and lack of things to do brought a lower ranking this time.

The area is in a broad, flat, agricultural valley. Dry, grassy hills rise to the south and east toward Walla Walla and the Blue Mountains of Washington and northeast Oregon. The climate is moderated somewhat by the prevailing flow of maritime air from the Pacific Ocean, although most moisture is blocked by the Cascade Range. The result is a semiarid landscape and climate featuring low rainfall, dry air, and large diurnal temperature ranges. Summer hot spells are common when the westerly airflow subsides; temperatures of 100[dg]F are common. Cold spells occur when frigid Canadian air enters the valley. Strong winds can stir up dust. Occasional air stagnation may result from the valley location.

Interesting Facts about Kennewick, Washington

As of 2014, Kennewick's population is 73,640 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 23.91 percent.

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The median home cost in Kennewick is $193,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.40 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Kennewick's cost of living is 1.50% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Kennewick public schools spend $9,857 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.6 students per teacher in Kennewick.

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The unemployment rate in Kennewick is 6.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Kennewick jobs have Increased by 0.88 percent.


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Ranked #114 2005 Best Places to Live
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Map Of Kennewick

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Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Kennewick's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes