Situated at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima Rivers in southeast Washington, the Tri-Cities represent the Kennewick-Pasco-Richland Metropolitan Statistical Area in Benton and Franklin counties.
The Tri-Cities community is located three and a half hours from Seattle, WA and Portland, OR and is the fourth largest MSA. Since 2000, the Tri-Cities have been named the fastest growing metro in Washington State. Current population estimates for Benton and Franklin counties is nearly 270,000.
The Tri-Cities is the northwest’s most exciting growth region. Home to businesses ranging from a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, high-tech firms, environmental and engineering companies to food growers and processors, wineries and manufacturers. Efficient air, water, rail, and ground transportation, a stable business environment, advanced health care technology and an excellent educational system are just a few reasons why the Tri-Cities is a great place to work, live, and play.
The region’s economy is anchored in agriculture, bio and high-technology, manufacturing, service industry and government. Major employers include Battelle/Pacific Northwest Nationals Laboratory, URS, CH2M Hill, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, Bechtel National, Kadlec Medical Center, Amazon.com, Tyson Fresh Meats, and Lockheed Martin. Farms cover over a little more than a million acres in Benton and Franklin Counties; potatoes, wheat, apples, grapes, alfalfa, strawberries, asparagus, corn and hops are the largest producers here. Much of this produce is shipped from the port facilities in the Tri-Cities to the Pacific Rim and by Railex to major cities on the east coast.
The Tri-Cities offers breathtaking parks, nostalgic downtown areas, upscale dining and retail options, art galleries, antique shops, and a variety of entertainment venues presenting live Broadway shows and musicals. The Tri-Cities is home to four of Washington State’s eleven American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), and over 150 wineries within an hour’s drive.
Direct flights offered from Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix-Mesa, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas.
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