Low cost of living, beautiful weather, and plenty of outdoor recreation are just a few reasons why Tri-Cities, Washington is one of the fastest-growing areas of The Evergreen State. The Tri-Cities area encompasses Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, WA. These three smaller cities sit flush against one another and are joined together at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers. With a total population of about 300,000, the Tri-Cities area is just big enough to always have something to do, but small enough to retain a small-city charm.
With its drier climate, abundant housing, and plentiful activities, the Tri-Cities are about three hours southeast of Seattle, but a world away. Let's explore why residents love living here!
Reasons to Love Living in Tri-Cities, WA
1. Low Cost of Living
Compared to Seattle, the Tri-Cities area has a considerably lower cost of living, mainly driven by a lower median home cost. The overall cost of living is slightly less than the national average, with food, groceries, transportation, and healthcare being less expensive as well. Homebuyers needing larger homes, but wanting to be close to the amenities of a metro area, find great options in the Tri-Cities.
2. Great Neighborhoods
Since the population of the Tri-Cities has substantially increased over the last 10 years, home builders have worked to meet the rising housing demand. Today, there are plenty of opportunities to build a new home or purchase a move-in ready home in a brand new community in the Tri-Cities area. The youngest residents can attend highly-rated public schools, and there is very little traffic congestion or crime, making it safe and livable for everyone.
3. Nice Weather
Unlike its constantly-wet northwestern counterpart, the Tri-Cities only get 7 to 8 inches of rain per year. Residents welcome all four seasons with high temperatures ranging from the low 30s in the winter to nearing 100 at the height of the summer. With only 4 inches of snowfall a year, there's plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
4. Abundant Outdoor Recreation
On Land: Nestled in one of the most scenic regions of Washington State, the Tri-Cities offer abundant opportunities for hiking, biking, running, hunting, and a host of other land-based outdoor activities. Badger Mountain alone offers 5 multi-use trails totaling several miles of scenic landscape including unparalleled views of the Columbia Basin.
In the Water: With three waterways defining the area, we can't forget about water lovers! Take your pick for areas to swim, fish, boat, sail, paddle, waterski — even scuba dive. There are plenty of clubs that organize water adventures and teach classes to water enthusiasts of all ages.
Sports: With 10 perfectly manicured golf courses and several baseball diamonds and soccer fields, you can always find a way to stay active in the Tri-Cities.
5) Local Food & Culture
With fertile soil and weather conditions that resemble the Bordeaux region of France, and 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius, the Tri-Cities region is quickly becoming an international wine destination. Wine tours are a popular and relaxing way to sample the flavors, meet new people, and take in the gorgeous scenery of wine region. The local restaurant and food truck scenes are also burgeoning and there are several farmer's markets to grab fresh produce, flowers, and prepared goods. With live music and theater, museums and state parks, and the Bechtel National Planetarium, there's always something to do and see in the Tri-Cities.
If you are considering a move to the Tri-Cities to take advantage of their affordability, great neighborhoods, beautiful seasons, outdoor living, and local food scene, there are multiple new home communities worth exploring!
Tri-Cities, WA New Home Communities
Badger Mountain South - West Village is only 10 minutes from downtown Richland and is co-located with schools, open spaces, and a thriving retail core.
Badger Station is an active adult community in development that will include a community clubhouse, pickleball/tennis courts, park area, full front/backyard maintenance, and more.
Grandridge Estates offers large, up to 10,000 sq. ft. homesites with many rambler and 2-story floor plans to choose from.
West Vineyard Phase 2 at Badger Mountain South offers rare, large, 1/4 acre homesites just 10 minutes from downtown Richland.
For more information on any of these new home communities in the Tri-Cities, please contact us at 360-787-9352 or schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to welcome you to The Art of Better Living.
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