Website Kiplinger.com recently named Kennewick as one of the ten greatest cities in the country for raising families. The website cited the city’s strong, research based economy and excellent schools.
Website Kiplinger.com recently named Kennewick as one of the ten great cities in the country for raising families. The website cited the city’s strong, research based economy and strong schools.
As the largest of the Tri-Cities, Kennewick is experiencing strong growth. The Southridge area, as it’s known, to the southwest of Highway 395 is the city’s newest hub for retail, dining, medical, and recreational facilities. The Southridge Sports Complex is near completion, which includes new softball fields. Kennewick General Hospital has chosen the Southridge area for a new hospital site to be built in the future.
Kennewick is also the retail hub of the cities as the home to Columbia Center Mall and Costco. Two of the three movie theaters in the area are also in Kennewick.
Columbia Park is a big draw along Kennewick’s river front. With 4.5 shoreline miles, the Playground of Dreams, home to the annual Water Follies hydroplane races, an 18-hole golf course, and home to the Regional Veterans’ Memorial, the park is well-used asset to the community.
Kennewick also boasts the Toyota Center, a regional entertainment hub that’s the home rink for the Tri-City American hockey team of the Western Hockey League, and the Tri-City Fever, a professional indoor arena football team. Several concerts and Broadway shows are held in the facility each year. The Toyota Arena next to the Toyota Center is a year-round ice rink for public skating and youth hockey games and practices.
Kennewick is also where the aptly named “Kennewick Man” was found during Water Follies weekend in 1996. “Kennewick Man” refers to the remains of what is believed to be a 9,400 year old human male.
Source 2010 Census
• 2010 population: 73,917
• 2000 population: 54,693
• Total change: 19,224 (35.1%)
• Square miles: 28.4 Population per sq. mile: 2,744.5