About the Tri-Cities

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau and TRIDEC to lead the effort to develop a new brand identity for the Tri-Cities. The Branding, Development & Marketing Plan outlines the steps forward we must take in maintaining a bolder and brighter community brand for the Tri-Cities. 

Interested in moving to the Tri-Cities?  Email info@tricityregionalchamber.com and we will send you a relocation packet with detailed information on our wonderful community.

Tri-Cities Touted for Low Cost Living
by Pratik Joshi, Tri-City Herald staff writer

Interactive Map of the Tri-Cities Region

This Emmy Award winning video is provided by:

The United States Department of Energy & Mission Support Alliance

The Tri-Cities region is comprised of the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, West Richland, and other surrounding towns. The region enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year and offers visitors and residents a year-round outdoor paradise. The confluence of the Snake, Yakima and Columbia rivers has produced an aquatic playground that is second to none. The area’s inviting waterways beckon water lovers from all over the region to enjoy sailing, power and pleasure boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, windsurfing, and much more.

Its professional sport teams include the Tri-City Americans WHL ice-hockey team, Tri-City Dust Devils baseball team, and the recently added Tri-Cities Fever arena football team. From bicycling to bowling, hunting to fishing, soccer to water-skiing, the recreational opportunities are endless. Due in part to the area’s exceptional climate, golf is one of the Tri-Cities most popular sports. The area’s ten beautiful courses challenge the most experienced golfer, as well as accommodate the beginner. It is a very hard winter indeed when a round of golf cannot be played nearly every week of the year.

Entertainment is abundant in the Tri-Cities, with a mix of fine arts to country arts. One can also experience the pleasure of the performing arts through the Mid-Columbia Ballet, Academy of Children’s Theatre, the Richland Players, musicals, and a variety of festivals and fairs.

Not to be overlooked are the area’s unique shopping and dining facilities. Almost every item or service imaginable can be found at a variety of fine stores and restaurants. Nestled in the heart of Washington’s wine country, the Tri-Cities boast more than 100 wineries within a 50-mile radius. Home to five of Washington State’s eight American Viticulture Areas, the region produces 99 percent of the state’s wine and some of the finest wines in the world. An annual $3 billion industry, Washington State is the second largest wine producer in the nation.

The area is also known for its advances in science and technology, which have carried over to excellent educational opportunities in each of our local school districts, as well as opportunities in higher education. All aspects of this area combine to make the Tri-Cities an excellent place to visit and an even better place to call home and raise a family.

A Brief History

Kennewick was first home to the Chemnapum Indians. The name means Winter Haven, an appropriate title as the tribe gathered in the mild climate to trade, fish and pasture their horses. Kennewick is now the largest of the three cities and relies on light industry and retail to support their thriving economy. Our history includes that of Kennewick Man, a 9,200-year-old skeleton unearthed in Kennewick’s Columbia Park – a significant discovery receiving national attention.

Pasco is near the site where the Lewis & Clark Expedition made camp in 1805. The expedition spent several days near present-day Sacajawea State Park trading with the Indians and cataloging our diverse plant and animal life. Pasco has both strong agricultural and industrial roots, and is the largest city in the million acres Columbia Basin Irrigation Project.

Richland started out as a small farming community, but the population boomed from about 1,500 to more than 51,00 residents in 1943 when the government built the country’s first nuclear reactor on the Hanford Site. The Hanford Site continues to play a major role in the Tri-Cities economy and is also a huge partner in the science and technology communities worldwide. The Hanford Reach is the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River in the United States and was designated as a National Monument by President Clinton. Currently underway, is the development of a Hanford Reach National Monument Visitor and Heritage Center located near Columbia Point Park at the Gateway of the Hanford Reach.

West Richland
West Richland was once the two small communities of Enterprise and Heminger City. The City of West Richland was the Tri-Cities growth leader during the decade of the 1990s, doubling its population. The city continues to grow due to the popularity of the mix of urban and rural living that West Richland offers. This growth has attracted new businesses and spurred the addition of a new elementary and middle school. West Richland is prepared to welcome new commercial and industrial development with its open spaces, available land, and infrastructure.

West Richland’s Flat Top Park has become the center for numerous family events throughout the year, including Summer Concert Series, Hogs & Dogs, Fall Harvest Festival, Veteran’s Day Parade, and December’s Carols and Cocoa.

Information courtesty of the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau