Richland Rated #2 Small City in the U.S. to Start a Small Business

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Is Richland a good place to start a business? Let me tell you a quick story…

Last summer, we helped clients relocate to the Tri-Cities from out of state. Not unusual, we do that several times every year. But these clients were moving here specifically for the sake of starting a small business. They’d done research and determined that Richland was the right place to open Pedego Electric Bikes!

So I can’t say it’s surprising to learn that Verizon recently named Richland the second-best small city in the entire U.S. to start a small business.

In their writeup about the city, Verizon says:

This year Richland, WA joined our list as the second-best small city for small business. While it is a small city, it’s packed year-round with fun outdoor activities, music festivals, and cultural showcases. Roughly 25% of Richland residents hold a bachelor’s degree, and earn 4% more than the average income. Their broadband access is also 4% higher than average. Richland is a young city, with a dense suburban feel making it one of the best places to live in Washington.

The rankings are based on a mix of demographic and business-specific data points, including percent of residents with a bachelor’s degree or better, commute time, income per capita, loans per business, tax score, and more.

Richland scored a 72, just one point behind first-place Logan, Utah.

But these rankings didn’t just single out Richland. Pasco finished at #17 overall with a score of 66.

This is the fifth year Verizon has put together this research. And hopefully not the last time the Tri-Cities will be representing so well!

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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