Richland is located in the southeastern region of Washington State right where the Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers meet. While the city of Richland itself has a population of roughly 48,000, it is part of a much larger metropolitan area known as the Tri-Cities. The Tri-Cities area is made up of three neighboring cities: Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland. Together these three bordering cities make up one big community, which at times appears to be just one big city.
With a population of just over 250,000, the Tri-Cities is the 4th largest metro area in the state of Washington. Due to its stable economy, business friendly environment and family-oriented culture, the Tri-Cities is considered by many, including Kiplinger to be one of the best places to have a career and raise family in the United States.
Richland and the Tri-Cities area is home to several higher education institutions, which include Washington State University – Tri-Cities (detailed below), Columbia Basin College (a 2-year community college that recently started offering a 4-year Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management), Tri-Tech Skills Center (a small vocational school), and Charter College (a two-year school offering career-oriented technical and medical programs).
Washington State University-Tri Cities
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354
main phone: (509) 372-7250
Washington State University – Tri-Cities is a four-year university that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The institution is one of three urban campuses of Washington State University. The school offers 18 bachelor’s degrees, 15 master’s degrees and 8 doctoral degree programs.