The largest of the three municipalities in the Tri-Cities area, Kennewick is one of the fastest-growing and most attractive areas in southeastern Washington State. Boasting 160 wineries within 50 miles of its city limits and a variety of outdoor recreation, it is easy to see why so many people are seeking Kennewick apartments for rent. With an estimated 2011 population of more than 76,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kennewick is a perfect community for many Pacific Northwesterners to raise a family.
Since the city sits between the mouths of two rivers, it has always been an ideal location to live. Many Native American tribes made their home here before Lewis and Clark ventured the areas around Kennewick as a part of their famous expedition, and slowly European immigrants their way into the town during the 19th century. The area became known for cattle and horse ranching until the late 1800s when the railroad made its first appearance in Kennewick, and a small community began to grow.
Kennewick was incorporated in 1904 and after irrigation became readily available, many farmers came into the area and the city became the center of agriculture. After World War II the city saw an explosive amount of growth when thousands of workers poured into the area for jobs at the nearby Hanford Engineering Works, where a secret project to make an atomic bomb made the site famous. In the mid-20th century, Kennewick joined neighboring hubs Pasco and Richland, and the area officially became known to many as the Tri-Cities.
According to the Tri-City Development Council, Research and Development is one of the major industries in the area since many residents are employed at places like Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Energy Northwest, Lockheed-Martin and URS. However, there are also many employed by several government and manufacturing firms. Those commuting to various sites in the Tri-Cities area may want to find Kennewick rentals near Interstates 82 and 182 for easy access to and from work.
The largest secondary institution in the state is nearby Washington State University. Conveniently located near everything Kennewick has to offer, students here can earn master's and bachelor's degrees in stellar research facilities. Many of the degrees offered here specialize in engineering and science since those are some of the driving industries in the area.
Even though Kennewick was ranked in 2009 by Forbes magazine as one of the best places in the United States to find a job, the cost of living is the area is around 8 points below the national average, making it a very affordable place to live. According to information from city-data.com, the median gross rent was $737 per month. Since the area has such a steady economy and affordable lifestyle, it makes sense that the population jumped 35 percent from 2000 to 2010.
Since Kennewick lies in the heart of one of the nation's best wine regions, visiting Terra Blanca is a wonderful place to learn about wine aging and tasting in nearby Benton City. With several tasting rooms, patios overlooking the stunning scenery and vineyard tours, this is the perfect spot for you and your significant to escape for a day trip.
According to the city's website the city sees 300 days of sunshine a year, a rarity in the Pacific Northwest, so many residents love to spend their time outdoors. One of the most popular place is the Sacajawea Heritage Trail. Perfect for hiking, biking and jogging, this eco-friendly trail is named after the woman that was instrumental to the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
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