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A fourth neighboring city, West Richland, and the nearby CDP of Burbank (Which is not part of the metropolitan area), are generally included as part of the Tri-City area and region, as are a handful of unincorporated communities.
Each city borders either another city or one of the area's rivers, making the Tri-Cities seem like one uninterrupted mid-sized city.
During this time, and the corresponding nationwide housing boom, all three cities flourished and grew significantly.
Pasco became the fastest growing city in Washington (in terms of both percent increase and number of new residents).
With the end of the Cold War, many in the area feared a shutdown of Hanford, followed by the Tri-Cities quickly becoming a ghost town.
These fears were allayed after the United States Department of Energy switched the facility's purpose from the creation of nuclear weapons to the effective sealing and disposal of radioactive waste.
Pasco was the largest city in the Tri-Cities, mostly due to its railroad station.
During this time, other employers slowly made their way into the area, but they too would often be forced to cut jobs in the bad times.Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise...we're that much closer. Pasco was the first of the Tri-Cities to be incorporated, in 1891.Kennewick was incorporated in 1904, and Richland followed in 1910.
It did not have a daily newspaper or radio station until the mid-1940s.