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 65,860 at the state Office of Financial Management's estimate in April 2008.
The nearest commercial airport is the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, a regional commercial and private airport.
Forbes magazine named Kennewick the #2 area in the United States for job growth, while nearby Yakima was named #1. The article cites the number of scientists employed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and area farmland for this outlook.--------Classy Chassis Car Show, this annual car show takes place in downtown Kennewick in what is commonly called "The Parkade" (The most eastern part of Kennewick Avenue). It typically draws over 300 cars and is the second largest car show in the metro area behind Cool Desert Nights. The event takes place in late spring. The event is open and free to the public.