City of Richland
Richland, with a population of nearly 61,000 is highly educated and enjoys the third highest per capita income levels in Washington State.
Richland’s roots are grounded in science and technology. Although superimposed over the footprint of a small, riverside agricultural community incorporated in 1910, modern-day Richland dates from 1943 when the U.S. Army acquired 640 square miles, including the Richland town site as the location of the Hanford Works.
While a large clean-up effort is underway at Hanford, the community is focusing its efforts on the development of renewable and zero emission energy and related technology. All of Washington’s wind power and 40% of Washington’s total energy supply is produced within a 100-mile radius. The clean energy mix that Richland offers it’s customers is over 90%.
Located in North Richland, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), proudly operated by Battelle since 1965, is one of nine multinational laboratories located in the U.S. PNNL is unique in undertaking private sector research as well as serving a wide range of government clients with an annual budget of over $1 billion.
If you’re looking for a place where you can stroll along the Columbia River, enjoy an outdoor concert or find an imaginative playground for children, then Richland is the place for you! Richland offers bass and steelhead fishing, beautiful and challenging golf courses, and several places that commemorate Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery.
If it’s shopping and entertainment you’re looking for you can enjoy Richland’s many antique shops, wineries, symphony, ballet, and community theatre troupes. This City is also home to a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, geocaching, multiple regional car shows, sprint boat races, folk life and music festivals, art shows, and live music at their beautiful outdoor stage venue during the summer months.
Richland’s waterfront has two marinas; docks and piers; a five-mile paved trail for walking, jogging, biking, rollerblading; restaurants and hotels with views; and a riverside community center and park. A state-of-the-art skateboard park and a farmers’ market also await you in downtown Richland. The REACH Interpretive Center, which showcases how the forces of man and nature have shaped the Pacific Northwest from the Ice Age Floods to the Manhattan Project and beyond, opened in 2014.