Finley, Washington

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Finley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Benton County, Washington, United States. The population was 5,770 at the 2000 census. It is located to the southeast of the larger city of Kennewick.



A quiet town founded on March 18, 1902 by George Finley, a farmer who relocated to the area from Nebraska. In 1908, it was only a small community of 25 families. During the 1950s, there was a major population increase when the neighboring town of Hover was relocated to Finley, due to the construction of the dam which allowed the local school to be River View High School. Fresh water sources and access to established rail lines and power grids in 1950s and 1960s have prompted some manufacturing and chemical plants who have remained in town ever since.


Finley is located at 46°10′32″N 119°3′26″W / 46.17556°N 119.05722°W / 46.17556; -119.05722 (46.175660, -119.057361).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.6 square miles (37.7 km²), of which, 11.5 square miles (29.8 km²) of it is land and 3.0 square miles (7.9 km²) of it (20.88%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,770 people, 1,987 households, and 1,585 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 501.2 people per square mile (193.6/km²). There were 2,082 housing units at an average density of 180.8/sq mi (69.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.40% White, 0.03% African American, 1.11% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 4.71% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.99% of the population.

There were 1,987 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 14.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.19.

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