Tri-Cities is Least Expensive Place to Live in Washington State

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And if you live here you know that already! This article appeared in the Tri-City Herald yesterday, confirming what many of us with friends on the west side already knew.

A couple profiled in the article had moved here from Bellevue and the reporter drew the following comparison –

Their Richland home cost about a third as much as their $825,000 Bellevue house and is bigger and nicer. And their utility bill is about $260 a month, instead of the $400 they paid in Bellevue.

And my favorite quote is this one –

“There’s nothing that we need that is not here,” said Bill, a retired Boeing engineer.

I agree, except there is no Nordstrom and no In-N-Out Burger. But I’m willing to sacrifice for more money in my purse (which could be designer if I spent money on that sort of thing because I have the extra coin due to where I live, see how it all ties together??).

The article goes on to say that our cost of living and other features of the Tri-Cities attracts employers and diverse companies to consider relocating to the area. Which is a huge positive as we work to distance ourselves from it-can’t-last-forever commerce around The Area, as all the nuclear stuff is called.

I love the saying about certain other cities across the US – like, Lubbock, TX – it’s a nice place to be…from. Here, if you throw in the 300 days of sunshine we’re not the place you want to be from. We’re the place you want to be.

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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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