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Richland, Washington

Richland is a city located in Benton County in southeastern Washington, at the confluence of the Yakima River and the Columbia River. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 38,708. Founded in the early 1900s, Richland was a sleepy little farm town until the US Army decided to turn it into a bedroom community for the workers on its Manhattan Project at the nearby Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The population sprang from 300 to 25,000 almost overnight in July and August of 1943. (Richland contains many reminders of its past; the high school's sports teams are called the Bombers - complete with an atomic cloud -- previously a B-52 logo -- a number of the streets are named after generals in the US Army, and a local museum features exhibits of nuclear technology.) After the end of World War II Richland continued to be a center of production and research into nuclear energy.

Richland, Pasco and Kennewick are collectively referred to as the Tri-Cities, Washington.


Richland is located at 46°16'47" North, 119°16'53" West (46.279657, -119.281377)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 97.8 km² (37.8 mi²). 90.2 km² (34.8 mi²) of it is land and 7.6 km² (2.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 7.79% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 38,708 people, 15,549 households, and 10,682 families residing in the city. The population density is 429.2/km² (1,111.8/mi²). There are 16,458 housing units at an average density of 182.5/km² (472.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 89.55% White, 1.37% African American, 0.76% Native American, 4.06% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.85% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. 4.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 15,549 households out of which 34.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% are married couples living together, 9.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% are non-families. 27.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.48 and the average family size is 3.02.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $53,092, and the median income for a family is $61,482. Males have a median income of $52,648 versus $30,472 for females. The per capita income for the city is $25,494. 8.2% of the population and 5.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.8% are under the age of 18 and 5.6% are 65 or older.