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Overview

Introduction to Richland, Washington

Richland, Washington, in Benton county, is 8 miles NW of Kennewick, Washington (center to center) and 170 miles SE of Seattle, Washington. The people of the city are in the Richland - Kennewick - Pasco metropolitan area.

Richland History

The earliest landowners and founders of this city were W.R. Amon and his son Howard. They purchased 2,300 acres of land to build a town on the northern bank of the Yakima River. Postal authorities approved the town of Richland in 1905. It was registered the following year at the Benton County Courthouse and was incorporated as a Washington Fourth Class City in April 1910.

Richland and nearby Attractions

  • Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve
  • Sham-na-pum Golf Course
  • Yakima River
  • Leslie Groves Park
  • Riverview Natural Preserve
  • Columbia River Exhibition Of History, Science & Technology

Things To Do In Richland

Golf is among the most popular sports in this area. Richland has three golf courses which were designed for different skill levels. There are seven more golf courses in neighboring areas. Richland also has several parks, many of which are situated along the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. The rivers are well suited for boating, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, and waterfowl hunting.

Richland Transportation

Tri-Cities Airport is nearby.

Richland Higher Education

Columbia Basin College, Walla Walla Community College, and Yakima Valley Community College offer facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 52,291
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 23,916
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 55.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 45.1%
Median Earnings25+ $49,416
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,808

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,632
% Above Poverty Level 89.4%
% Below Poverty Level 10.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $886
Median House Value $207,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 15%
Irish 12.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Richland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NW of Kennewick, Washington (center to center)
Nearest Large City 170 miles SE of Seattle, Washington
County Benton
Metro Area Richland - Kennewick - Pasco
Standard Zip Codes 99352, 99353, 99354
Phone Area Codes 509
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.285
Longitude -119.283

Richland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RICHLAND
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 59 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 7.5 inches
Station ELTOPIA 8 WSW
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 65 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 8.8 inches
Station PROSSER
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 39 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 89 F
Oct Temp 38 to 68 F
Annual Precip 8.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Richland, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hanford Works (99352)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Benton City 3,156 $61,705
Kennewick 76,918 $58,892
Mesa 352 $51,667
Pasco 67,391 $58,227
Prosser 5,819 $62,922
West Richland 13,048 $91,132

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Richland Hospitals

KADLEC MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
888 SWIFT BLVD
(509) 946-4611
Emergency Service: Yes

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Richland High Schools

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RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
930 LONG AVE
509-942-2500
Serves 1,935 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

HANFORD HIGH SCHOOL
450 HANFORD STREET
509-371-2600
Serves 1,256 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

RIVERS EDGE HIGH SCHOOL
975 GILLESPIE
509-942-2595
A Non-traditional School
Serves 213 students.

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605 MCMURRAY
509-734-7120
Serves 3 students.

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