City: 24.3 sq mi
Land: 22.9 sq mi
Water: 1.4 sq mi
Kennewick is located in Benton County in the southeastern part of Washington, near the Hanford nuclear site. It is the most populous of the three cities collectively referred to as the Tri-Cities. Kennewick is located along the southwest bank of the Columbia River, opposite Pasco and just south of the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers. The population was 76,410 at the state Office of Financial Management’s estimate in April 2012. The nearest commerical airport is the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, a regional commerical and private airport. Kennewick was officially incorporated on February 5, 1905.
Kennewick is the host of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, as well as the Arena Football League’s Tri-Cities Fever. They both play their home games in the Toyota Center, which hosts many other regional events. Every year during the summer, hydroplane racing takes place at the Water Follies event on the Columbia River.Residents from all of southeastern Washington come to Kennewick to shop in the city’s commercial district, the center point of which is the Columbia Center Mall.Also every year in August, there is the Benton-Franklin County Fair held at the fairgrounds.
Public schools located in the city are part of the Kennewick School District. The KSD has thirteen elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, and a vocational school operated by Kennewick and other local school districts, the Tri-Tech Skills Center.
Kennewick has three golf courses; Tri-City Country Club, Canyon Lakes and Columbia Park Golf Course.