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*[[John Bozung]], National Yo-Yo Trick ladder Gold medalist
*[[John Bozung]], National Yo-Yo Trick ladder Gold medalist
* Don Mariotto, Slurpee King, Franchisee of 7-Eleven at 3606 W. Clearwater, Kennewick, Wa.
* Don Mariotto, Slurpee King, Franchisee of 7-Eleven at 3606 W. Clearwater, Kennewick, Wa.
*[[Adam Carricker]], Defensive Tackle for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League and graduate of Kennewick High.
==Sister cities==
==Sister cities==

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Kennewick, Washington
Location of Kennewick, Washington
Location of Kennewick, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Benton
 • Total 24.3 sq mi (63.0 km2)
 • Land 22.9 sq mi (59.4 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
Elevation 407 ft (124 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 54,693
 • Density 2,384.9/sq mi (920.8/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 99336-99338
Area code(s) 509
FIPS code 53-35275Template:GR
GNIS feature ID 1512347Template:GR

Kennewick is a city in Benton County in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Washington, near the Hanford nuclear site. It is the most populous of the three cities collectively referred to as the Tri-Cities (the others being Pasco and Richland). 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 54,693 at the 2000 census.


Kennewick was officially incorporated on February 5, 1904. Previously, the town had been known by many names, arguably the strangest was "Tehe" which was allegedly attributed to the reaction from a native girl's laughter when asked the name of the region.

The name "Kennewick" is believed to be a native word meaning "grassy place." It has also been called "winter paradise," mostly because of the mild winters in the area.

Kennewick Man is the name for the remains of a prehistoric man found on a bank of the Columbia River nearby, having Caucasian features, despite being indigenous and living 9000 years ago. Ownership of the bones has been a matter of great controversy.


Kennewick is the host city of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, as well as of the Arena Football League's Tri-Cities Fever. They both play their home games in the Toyota Center, which hosts many other regional events as well. 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 Columbia Center Mall.


The view from Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve in Richland looking toward south Richland (foreground), Kennewick (upper right) and Pasco (across the Columbia River). Taken in January, this photo does not show the spectacular spring flower display.

Kennewick is located at 46°12′13″N 119°9′33″W / 46.20361°N 119.15917°W / 46.20361; -119.15917Invalid arguments have been passed to the {{#coordinates:}} function (46.203475, -119.15927)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.3 square miles (63 km²), of which, 22.9 square miles (59.4 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²) of it (5.67%) is water.


As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 54,693 people, 20,786 households, and 14,176 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,384.9 people per square mile (920.9/km²). There were 22,043 housing units at an average density of 961.2/sq mi (371.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.93% White, 1.14% Black or African American, 0.93% Native American, 2.12% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 9.4% from other races, and 3.37% from two or more races. 15.55% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.2% were of German, 9.6% English, 8.5% Irish and 8.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 84.6% spoke English and 12.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 20,786 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.6 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,213, and the median income for a family was $50,011. Males had a median income of $41,589 versus $26,022 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,152. About 9.7% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.


Public schools located in the city are part of the Kennewick School District. The Kennewick School District has thirteen elementary schools (Amistad, Canyon View, Cascade, Eastgate, Edison, Hawthorne, Lincoln, Ridge View, Southgate, Sunset View, Vista, Washington, Westgate), four middle schools (Park, Highlands, Desert Hills, Horse Heaven Hills), three high schools: Kennewick High School (the Lions), Kamiakin High School (the Braves), and Southridge High School (the Suns), and a vocational school operated by Kennewick and other local school districts, the Tri-Tech Skills Center.


Kennewick's one and only 7-Eleven location was the #1 Slurpee seller on the West Coast and #1 in the US in late summer 2007 and is expected to be the #1 Slurpee seller in the world later in mid-summer 2008.

Famous residents

Sister cities

Kennewick has the following sister cities [1]:


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