Richland’s low unemployment and consistent job growth were among the reasons the city was included in Money magazine’s “top 15 best small cities to find a new job” list.
Richland ranked 12th, sandwiched between St. George, Utah, at 11th and Dale City, Va., at 13th. The top spot went to Sugar Land, Texas. The article was published in September.
“You might not expect to see such stellar employment stats in a quiet city located in (the) heart of Washington State wine country,” the Money magazine article reads. “Famous for its role in the Manhattan Project, the city’s Hanford Site was a center of military activity during the Cold War. It’s now home to a commercial nuclear station, as well as a major cleanup of a contaminated nuclear zone — a project that includes thousands of workers contracted out by the U.S. Department of Energy.”
City of Richland spokeswoman Trish Herron said the city uses rankings similar to Money magazine’s to encourage economic development.
“It’s actually one of the things we use when we go to trade shows,” she said, adding that the city also uses the rankings when working with businesses eyeing relocation.