If you are new to the Tri-Cities or thinking about moving to another neighborhood in the Tri-Cities, it's always good to know what kind of neighborhood you're moving into.

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder but when I moved to Yakima years ago I was told to live above 16th avenue and I didn't take the advice so it wasn't shocking that my car got broken into within days of living in the neighborhood.

Where Are The Bad Neighborhoods In The Tri-Cities?

I do believe Yakima is the only city where I've lived that I've had so many things stolen so I decided to live in Prosser when I ended up working in Yakima again.

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Back to the Tri-Cities, I do hear a lot of stories of crime coming from Kennewick in the 10th avenue area. You can actually check up the statistics on all three of the Tri-Cities and you'd be surprised by the grades given to each of the cities.

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Crimegrade.org is one such website that has several interactive maps so you check each neighborhood. If you follow the interactive maps, you can see the safe and not-so-safe neighborhoods.

Pasco's downtown seems to be one of the areas to avoid. The interactive map codes the town in three colors, Green is A+, Gold is C and Red is an F Grade. You can check out the whole Pasco map here.

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Kennewick's problem area continues to be the 10th avenue areas near Garfield and Dayton Streets. The interactive map codes the town in three colors, Green is A+, Gold is C and Red is an F Grade. You can check out the whole Kennewick map here. 

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Richland's problems seem to center around Knight and Mansfield Streets in Downtown Richland. The interactive map codes the town in three colors, Green is A+, Gold is C and Red is an F Grade. You can check out the whole Richland map here.

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Crimegrade.org is just one website you can get statistics from concerning the Tri-Cities. There are many other places to get information on the safety of the neighborhoods and I think that word of mouth will always be the #1 place to get information for me.

I wish I would've listened to people around me when I moved to Yakima because Yakima has been the only city I've ever lived where I've had anything criminal happen to me.

In the end, it's always up to you where you live but making an educated does help in the process.

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