In case you haven't lived many places, the Tri-Cities is a great place to be. There are a ton of reasons why this is a great place to live and raise a family and here are a few of the best. When I moved here over 10 years ago, I didn't know hardly anything about this area, but now I am glad I moved.

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    Tricities has a ton of sunshine every year. I remember reading somewhere that we have one of highest number of sunny days a year on the planet! Don't quote me on that but it must be true!

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    Taco Trucks

    I grew up in Spokane where there is no such thing as taco trucks. I actually spent the first two years here without ever going to eat at one. Now I go almost every week! Don't miss out on your chance. You can tell a great taco truck by watching to see if it looks busy. If there is a line at lunch, it is good.

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    Low Traffic

    You can literally drive from one side of Tri-Cities to the other in about 15 minutes. Anyone that has spent time in Seattle or Portland, or lived on the north side of Spokane will laugh if you tell them that's a long commute.

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    Water Recreation

    If you like rivers ans streams, this is definitely the area to live in. There are numerous water sports right at your fingertips like wake boarding, skiing, fishing, boating or sailing.

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    Hiking Trails

    There are plenty of hiking trails around from Badger Mountain to all the canyons and mountains within driving distance. Another great perk is the miles and miles of paved trails that are all over the area for you to run on. There are also mountain ranges with a few hours drive on both sides of the Tri-Cities.

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    Good Economy

    Pretty much every study done in the area about the economy ranks Tri-Cities high in the country. Hanford is the main catalyst and it will provide jobs and stability in the market for years to come.

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    Affordible Housing

    Another category that this area ranks very high in is housing. The market value on houses just keeps raising because of the high demand. If you can, make sure you own a house because it is worth it here.

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    Central Location

    Tri-Cities is between 3 different major cities: Seattle, Portland, and Spokane. That allows for access to lots of shows and events that you wouldn't normally have access too living is a city this size. A 3 hour drive is short compared to most places to experience the kinds of things we get because of location.

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    Clean, Cheap Energy

    With hydro power dams all over the Northwest, we have one of the largest supplys of clean energy in the country. That allows for lower bills every month and you know your helping the environment at the same time!

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    Wine Country

    Over the last 10 years, the Columbia Basin has become one of the premiere wine spots in the world. They say that it has the same conditions as famous locations in France, making wines from here worldwide famous. If you are a wine lover, this area will be heaven to you!

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