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Overview
Population:11,929
Pop. Change:0%
State: Washington
Metro Area: Longview Metro Area
County: Cowlitz County
City:Kelso
Zip Code:98626
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Kelso's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Longview Metro Area

Profile: Industrial town/Port town complex

Location: Southwest Washington, north of Portland, Oregon

Elevation: 26

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

PROCON
Nearby mountainsUnattractive downtown
Close to PortlandEconomic cycles
Pleasant climateProperty crime rate

Longview and its sister city Kelso make up a grain-loading and forest-products center serving ocean traffic coming up the Columbia River. The area contains a complex of grain elevators and mills, an outdated urban core and set of working class neighborhoods and unattractive urban sprawl uncharacteristic of most Pacific Northwest towns. The area is close to Portland, 40 miles to the south, and is a western gateway to the Mount St. Helens area. There are some new industrial parks working to attract more light manufacturing and new-economy businesses, and town leaders are aware of the area’s shortcomings and are working to deal with them. The strategic location on transportation routes between Portland and Seattle, good labor force, Columbia River frontage and nice surroundings make us think this area could be due for a rebound if it plays its cards right, and some economic statistics point that way, but it’s a long haul. Cost of living is high for the type of area but low for the region, a possible long term plus.

The terrain is generally hilly with wooded hilltops and broad, flat, mostly agricultural valleys away from industrial areas. The wooded hilltops give way to dense forests and alpine climates 30 to 50 miles east in the main Cascade Range. The climate is Pacific Northwest with a marine influence bringing relatively warm, dry, sunny summers and cool, wet periods most of the rest of the year. The area is sheltered from severe weather, and snow, while it does occur, is uncommon.

Interesting Facts about Kelso, Washington

As of 2014, Kelso's population is 11,929 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -0.23 percent.

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The median home cost in Kelso is $139,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.00 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Kelso's cost of living is 2.80% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Kelso public schools spend $9,522 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.2 students per teacher in Kelso.

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The unemployment rate in Kelso is 7.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Kelso jobs have Increased by 1.82 percent.


Ranked #43 Emerging Metropolitan Areas
Ranked #212 Best Green Cities
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Map Of Kelso

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Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Kelso's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes