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Overview

Introduction to Kennewick, Washington

Kennewick is located in Benton County, situated along the banks of the Columbia River in the state of Washington. Kennewick along with Pasco and Richland are known as the "Tri-Cities." The area has a desert climate, with a small amount of rain falling each year. Due to the water flowing in the nearby three rivers and rich soil, the economy is bolstered by agriculture including wheat, potatoes, grapes, apples and corn. The area has a thriving wine industry.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a major employer for the Tri-Cities. Kennewick serves as the primary center for retail business for the southeast Washington region. The Kennewick Man is the name given to the remains of a human discovered in the region who experts believe lived approximately 9000 years ago.

History

The city was incorporated in 1904. In 1903 the railroad, constructed an irrigation canal in order to transport water to the arid region. Due to the irrigation the acreage was converted to farmland and agriculture became a significant factor for the economy. Due to the short winter season grape production thrived. During World War I the region was involved in wartime projects which caused the population to experience significant growth.

Activities

The Sacagawea Heritage Trail, situated next to the Columbia River provides a hiking trail that runs through parks and the Tri-Cities. Badger Mountain and the Yakima River Delta region are popular locations for hiking enthusiasts. Numerous parks are located along the Colombia River. Noteworthy tours are available in the large wine region. Quality golf courses can be enjoyed most of the year due to the mild weather. Fishing opportunities are available in the three local rivers and numerous lakes. A national bass fishing tournament occurs along the Columbia River annually. The region is known for hunting of big game, waterfowl and birds.

The city is home to an arena football team. The Tri-City Dust Devils is a minor league baseball team associated with the Colorado Rockies. The Tri-City Americans play in the Western Hockey League.

Attractions

  • Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology
  • Sacagawea State Park & Interpretive Center
  • Columbia Park
  • Three Rivers Toyota Center
  • Three Rivers Convention Center
  • Benton-Franklin County Fairgrounds
  • Lampson Stadium
  • The Washington State Railroads Historical Society Museum
  • Highlands Grange Demonstration Garden
  • Marmes Rockshelter
  • East Benton County Historical Museum

Events

  • The Benton-Franklin County Fair is the biggest event in the region and features a rodeo, concerts, a parade and a carnival.
  • The Tri-Cities Waterfollies is home to the Unlimited Hydroplane races which bring in visitors from the western portion of the country and Canada.
  • Cool Desert Nights is a popular car show and also includes live music.
  • Allied Arts Sidewalk Show is one of the prominent art events in the Pacific Northwest.

Demographics

People

Total Population77,975
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+33,857
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married49.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.6%
Median Earnings25+$33,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,545
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,446

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,947
% Above Poverty Level82.4%
% Below Poverty Level17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone27.2%
Median Gross Rent$831
Median House Value$174,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.9%
German17.9%
English10.7%
Irish9.7%
Norwegian4.3%
Italian2.6%
Scottish2.4%
French Except Basque2.3%
Swedish2%
Dutch1.8%
Polish1.4%
Ukrainian1%
Danishn0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Canadian0.5%
Russian0.5%
African0.5%
Arab0.3%
Afghan)0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Sudanese0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Belizean0.1%
Greek0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Kennewick Almanac

CategoryValue
County Benton County
Standard Zip Codes99336, 99337, 99338
Phone Area Codes509
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude46.21
Approximate Longitude-119.16

Kennewick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKENNEWICK
Distance1.8 miles
Jan Temp28 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp61 to 89 F
Oct Temp42 to 66 F
Annual Precip8 inches
StationRICHLAND
Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp26 to 40 F
Apr Temp40 to 65 F
Jul Temp59 to 88 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip7.5 inches
StationELTOPIA 8 WSW
Distance13.1 miles
Jan Temp25 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 65 F
Jul Temp55 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip8.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Benton City3,193$67,797
Pasco68,567$60,660
Richland53,227$87,709
West Richland13,407$95,781

Kennewick Public Libraries

Mid-columbia Library System
405 S. DAYTON STREET
Kennewick, Washington
(509) 582-4745

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Kennewick Hospitals

Kennewick General Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
900 Auburn St S
(509) 586-6111

Kennewick Public Schools

Amistad Elementary School
930 West 4th Avenue
ZIP: 99336
(509) 585-3410
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Benton/franklin Juvenile Justice Center
5606 West Canal Drive
ZIP: 99336
(509) 783-2151
Other
Total Enrollment 25
Eastgate Elementary School
910 East 10th Avenue
ZIP: 99336
(509) 585-3360
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Edison Elementary School - Kennewick
201 South Dawes Street
ZIP: 99336
(509) 734-3580
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Hawthorne Elementary School - Kennewick
3520 West John Day Avenue
ZIP: 99336
(509) 734-3690
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Highlands Middle School
425 South Tweedt Street
ZIP: 99336
(509) 734-3670
Middle
Total Enrollment 944
Kamiakin High School
600 North Arthur Street
ZIP: 99336
(509) 734-3500
High
Total Enrollment 1778
Keewaydin Discovery Center
202 South Dayton Street
ZIP: 99336
(509) 585-3155
Primary
Total Enrollment 201
Kennewick High School
500 South Dayton Street
ZIP: 99336
(509) 585-3212
High
Total Enrollment 1526
Legacy High School
202 S. Dayton St
ZIP: 99336
(509) 222-6552
Other
Total Enrollment 164
Mid-columbia Parent Partnership
200 S Fruitland St
ZIP: 99336
(509) 222-5036
Other
Total Enrollment 282
Park Middle School
1011 West 10th Avenue
ZIP: 99336
(509) 585-3290
Middle
Total Enrollment 831
Sunset View Elementary School
711 North Center Parkway
ZIP: 99336
(509) 222-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Tri-tech Skills Center
5929 West Metaline Avenue
ZIP: 99336
(509) 734-3600
High
Vista Elementary School
1701 North Young Street
ZIP: 99336
(509) 734-3590
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Westgate Elementary School
2514 West 4th Avenue
ZIP: 99336
(509) 585-3370
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Benton County Jail
7122 W Okanogan Place
ZIP: 99337
(509) 222-6522
High
Total Enrollment 1
Canyon View Elementary School
1229 West 22nd Place
ZIP: 99337
(509) 585-3390
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Cascade Elementary School
505 South Highland Drive
ZIP: 99337
(509) 585-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Finley Elementary
213504 E Cougar Rd
ZIP: 99337
(509) 586-7577
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Finley Middle School
37208 S Finley Rd
ZIP: 99337
(509) 586-7561
Middle
Total Enrollment 208
Horse Heaven Hills Middle School
3500 South Vancouver Street
ZIP: 99337
(509) 585-3260
Middle
Total Enrollment 919
River View High School
36509 S Lemon Dr
ZIP: 99337
(509) 582-2158
High
Total Enrollment 311
Southgate Elementary School
3121 West 19th Avenue
ZIP: 99337
(509) 585-3380
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Washington Elementary School
105 West 21st Avenue
ZIP: 99337
(509) 585-3320
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Cottonwood Elementary
16734 S. Cottonwood Creek Blvd
ZIP: 99338
(509) 222-6404
Primary
Total Enrollment 660
Desert Hills Middle School
6011 West 10th Place
ZIP: 99338
(509) 734-3550
Other
Total Enrollment 990
Lincoln Elementary School
4901 West 21st Avenue
ZIP: 99338
(509) 734-3640
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Phoenix High School
3520 Southridge Boulevard
ZIP: 99338
(509) 222-6039
High
Total Enrollment 56
Ridge View Elementary School
7001 West 13th Avenue
ZIP: 99338
(509) 734-3650
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Southridge High School
3320 Southridge Boulevard
ZIP: 99338
(509) 734-3800
High
Total Enrollment 1679

Kennewick Private Schools

Bethlehem Lutheran School
1409 S Garfield St
ZIP: 99337
Elementary
Total Enrollment 159
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