Richland is in Benton County by the Yakima and Columbia rivers, 170 miles from Seattle. There are great parks and lots of outdoor water activities with both rivers nearby.
It was a farming town until the US Army took over the land, changing it into employee housing for the Manhattan Project facility in Hanford. Agriculture is a large part of the economy in Richland, growing great produce as well as home to several wine producers. There are big employers in the city including Bechtel, Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Together they employ almost 8,000 workers. Many other energy and technology companies also operate locally as well as great small business and restaurants offering the locals and visitors lots of options to spend their disposable income.
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Here’s some cool information and fun facts about Richland, Washington.
Hundreds of years ago aboriginal tribes fished for salmon in the Yakima River. The area was later discovered during an expedition by Lewis and Clark’s William Clark. In 1906 the town was approved and 4 years later the city was born. WW II brought the US Army to the area to buy up land for an employee community serving the nuclear facility nearby. After the war the plant closed and two years later the Cold War got it up and running again. Richland residents worked at the facility as it switched from a nuclear plant to a weapons manufacturer. The army owned housing went on the market and sold to families wanting to reside in Richland and the city grew.
Today, the total population of this historic American city is 58,225 people.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, The racial makeup is:
- 77.5% White
- 11.1% Hispanic
- 2.2% African American
- 0.7% Native American
- 4.8% Asian
The median household income is $74,405
- Richland has the world’s largest cold storage facility and it also one of the largest buildings too.
- Actress and Manson family victim Sharon Tate went to high school in Richland.
- The sports teams at Richland High School are named the Bombers, after the nuclear site nearby and their logo is a mushroom cloud.
- NASA astronaut Kayla Barron lived in Richland as a teenager.
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