Kelso, WA

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Kelso, WA

About Kelso, WA

Kelso, Washington is an idyllic city located in Cowlitz County. Known for its stunning views of Mount St. Helens and its rich history, Kelso is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Explore the mountains and trails of nearby Mount St. Helens National Monument or take a stroll along the waterfront to admire the Columbia River. Visitors can also enjoy Kelso's vibrant downtown area, featuring numerous shops, restaurants, and art galleries. With its wealth of natural beauty and abundance of attractions, Kelso offers something for everyone - whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure! Industrial town/Port town complex - Southwest Washington, north of Portland, Oregon.

State: Washington
County: Cowlitz County
Metro Area: Longview Metro Area
City: Kelso
Zip Codes: 98626
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 26 ft above sea level

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 The area contains a complex of grain elevators and mills, an outdated urban core and set of working class neighborhoods and urban sprawl uncharacteristic of many Pacific Northwest towns.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 pluses include a strategic location on transportation routes between Portland and Seattle, good labor force, Columbia River frontage and nice surroundings. 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.

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Kelso Cost of Living

Nearby mountains, close to portland, and pleasant climate make Kelso a great place to live.

+1.0% higher than avg
-34.8% lower than avg
$980 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-17.1% lower than avg
Kelso Crime
76 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Kelso
   Nearby mountains
Unattractive downtown
   Close to Portland
Economic cycles
   Pleasant climate
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Disclaimer: This was written in 2019. All info subject to change! Kelso is a quieter town, with a lot to offer if you have the money. If you do NOT have money, the  More

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Over 14 years ago

It rains here so much if you have SAD do not move here. If you have allergies not a good place to  More

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Over 14 years ago

It is overcast here a lot and not good if you are  More

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