The community of Paterson is a small cluster of homes, with some old business's, most of which are no longer in business. They sit along the town's main corridor, Kent Road, also known as Washington State Route 221. Prior Avenue is the main raod through the residential cluster. There is a school in Paterson. Most shopping is either done in Kennewick or the Oregon cities of Hermiston or Umatilla.
Paterson is home to the Columbia Crest Winery, one of the premier wineries in Washington State. The Columbia Crest Winery can be found on Highway 221, Columbia Crest Drive, Paterson, WA 99345.
The Benton County Sheriff's Department provides Paterson with services.