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Overview

Introduction to Kelso, Washington

Kelso, Washington is 37 miles N of Vancouver, Washington (center to center) and 44 miles N of Portland, Oregon. It is in Cowlitz county.

Kelso History

Native Americans who belonged to the Cowlitz tribe were the original inhabitants of this area. The earliest European explorers came to this area in 1855. Peter Crawford founded Kelso in 1884. He named it after Kelso, Scotland which is where he was from. In its early days, Kelso had many taverns and brothels catering to the local loggers. This led to it being nicknamed "little Chicago."

Kelso and nearby Attractions

  • Highland Park
  • Coweeman River
  • Harding Creek
  • Cowlitz County Historical Museum
  • Longview Country Club
  • Mint Valley Golf Course

Things To Do In Kelso

Kelso has a lot in store for history buffs, beginning with the Cowlitz County Museum, which has many exhibits that date back to the late 1880s when the town was established. The museums offer walking tours of the historic sites of Kelso. The Highlander Festival is a much anticipated local celebration. The Kilted Klassic Golf tournament is another local event that attracts golf lovers.

Kelso Transportation

Portland International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Kelso Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available at Lower Columbia College, Clark College, and University of Portland.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,871
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens12.9%
Employed Population 16+3,980
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married39.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9.4%
Median Earnings25+$26,845
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,964
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,457

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,030
% Above Poverty Level70.3%
% Below Poverty Level29.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone29.7%
Median Gross Rent$758
Median House Value$120,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.4%
Irish14.1%
English6.2%
Norwegian5.5%
Canadian2.9%
Italian2.9%
Scottish2.7%
Swedish2.5%
French Except Basque2.4%
Polish2.3%
Finnish1.2%
Welsh0.9%
African0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Basque0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Albanian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
German0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Kelso Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cowlitz County
Standard Zip Codes98626
Phone Area Codes360
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude46.14
Approximate Longitude-122.8

Kelso Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationLONGVIEW
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp34 to 46 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp53 to 77 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip48 inches
StationBATTLE GROUND
Distance30.9 miles
Jan Temp32 to 46 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp51 to 78 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip53.3 inches
StationCOUGAR 6 E
Distance34.4 miles
Jan Temp33 to 43 F
Apr Temp40 to 58 F
Jul Temp53 to 78 F
Oct Temp45 to 62 F
Annual Precip116.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Castle Rock2,593$46,452
Kalama2,596$57,583
Longview36,720$50,115
Toledo552$54,659
Vader712$46,827
Woodland5,684$63,264

Kelso Public Libraries

Kelso Public Library
351 THREE RIVERS DRIVE, SUITE 1263
Kelso, Washington
(360) 423-8110

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Kelso Public Schools

Barnes Elementary
401 Barnes
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Butler Acres Elementary
1609 Burcham St
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1600
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Carrolls Elementary
3902 Old Pacific Hwy S
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1380
Primary
Total Enrollment 145
Catlin Elementary
404 Long Ave.
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1550
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Coweeman Middle School
2000 Allen St
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1750
Middle
Total Enrollment 584
Huntington Middle School
500 Redpath
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1700
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
Kelso High School
1904 Allen St
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1801
High
Total Enrollment 1519
Kelso Virtual Academy
1904 Allen St
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1905
High
Total Enrollment 14
Loowit High School
1904 Allen St
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1951
High
Total Enrollment 27
Rose Valley Elementary
1502 Rose Valley Rd
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 126
Special Education
601 Crawford St
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1904
Other
Total Enrollment 16
Wallace Elementary
410 Elm St
ZIP: 98626
(360) 501-1650
Primary
Total Enrollment 378

Kelso Private Schools

Family House Academy
1220 Carroll Rd
ZIP: 98626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 31
Kelso Christian Academy
403 Academy St
ZIP: 98626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Kelso-longview Sda School
96 Garden St
ZIP: 98626
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
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