Kelso, Washington

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Population in 2017: 12,130 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: +2.0%
 
Males: 5,860  (48.3%)
Females: 6,270  (51.7%)
Median resident age:

35.2 years
Washington median age:

37.7 years

Zip codes: 98632.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $35,431 (it was $29,722 in 2000)
Kelso:

$35,431
WA:

$70,979

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $18,381 (it was $15,162 in 2000)

Kelso city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $137,811 (it was $91,300 in 2000)
Kelso:

$137,811
WA:

$339,000

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $239,296; detached houses: $258,322; townhouses or other attached units: $253,605; in 2-unit structures: $167,350; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $254,555; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $217,950; mobile homes: $120,753; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $33,166

Median gross rent in 2017: $790.

March 2019 cost of living index in Kelso: 93.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 28.7%
(26.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 8.6% for Black residents, 51.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 48.7% for American Indian residents, 10.0% for other race residents, 21.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Kelso, WA (2017)
    • 9,27375.7%White alone
    • 1,80314.7%Hispanic
    • 4023.3%Two or more races
    • 3402.8%Black alone
    • 2311.9%American Indian alone
    • 2171.8%Asian alone
    • 960.8%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Kelso detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Washington and other state lists, there were 40 registered sex offenders living in Kelso, Washington as of July 04, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Kelso is 306 to 1.


Crime rates in Kelso by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.3)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
17
(141.9)
13
(107.8)
16
(131.6)
27
(223.8)
10
(81.8)
24
(197.7)
9
(74.3)
6
(49.8)
15
(127.1)
9
(76.4)
15
(127.6)
8
(67.2)
7
(58.0)
13
(106.9)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
15
(125.2)
20
(165.9)
19
(156.3)
12
(99.5)
5
(40.9)
18
(148.3)
13
(107.3)
7
(58.1)
4
(33.9)
3
(25.5)
12
(102.1)
11
(92.5)
5
(41.4)
4
(32.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
41
(342.2)
29
(240.5)
46
(378.4)
31
(257.0)
31
(253.6)
23
(189.4)
26
(214.7)
29
(240.6)
53
(449.1)
20
(169.7)
43
(365.8)
35
(294.2)
32
(265.1)
35
(287.7)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
214
(1,786)
213
(1,766)
164
(1,349)
129
(1,069)
147
(1,202)
139
(1,145)
131
(1,082)
134
(1,112)
110
(932.0)
107
(908.1)
81
(689.0)
115
(966.6)
90
(745.7)
76
(624.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
859
(7,170)
795
(6,593)
763
(6,277)
641
(5,314)
670
(5,480)
600
(4,942)
506
(4,178)
551
(4,572)
534
(4,525)
517
(4,388)
462
(3,930)
574
(4,825)
435
(3,604)
365
(3,001)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
122
(1,018)
115
(953.7)
73
(600.5)
75
(621.7)
79
(646.2)
39
(321.2)
46
(379.8)
22
(182.6)
37
(313.5)
46
(390.4)
54
(459.3)
66
(554.8)
45
(372.8)
45
(369.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
7
(58.4)
8
(66.3)
4
(32.9)
3
(24.9)
3
(24.5)
1
(8.2)
3
(24.8)
3
(24.9)
1
(8.5)
4
(33.9)
4
(34.0)
4
(33.6)
3
(24.9)
6
(49.3)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)712.9664.4621.4597.4483.5544.0424.3380.7473.0373.0448.0445.4354.6346.3

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City-data.com crime index in Kelso, WA

Crime rate in Kelso detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 30 (26 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.14
Washington average:

1.42
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Ancestries: German (11.7%), American (9.4%), Irish (5.0%), English (4.6%), Norwegian (3.1%), Scottish (2.7%).

Current Local Time: PST time zone

Incorporated in 1890

Elevation: 80 feet

Land area: 8.08 square miles.

Population density: 1,501 people per square mile   (low).

Kelso, Washington map

865 residents are foreign born (3.5% Latin America, 1.1% Asia, 1.0% Africa, 1.0% Europe).

This city:

7.1%
Washington:

13.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,731 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,257 (1.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Vancouver, WA (38.1 miles , pop. 143,560).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Portland, OR (44.7 miles , pop. 529,121).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (867.2 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Longview, WA (1.5 miles ),
West Side Highway, WA (1.8 miles ),
Longview Heights, WA (1.9 miles ),
Rainier, OR (2.0 miles ),
West Longview, WA (2.1 miles ),
Prescott, OR (2.5 miles),
Rose Valley, WA (2.8 miles ),
Castle Rock, WA (3.0 miles )

Latitude: 46.14 N, Longitude: 122.91 W

Kelso nicknames or aliases (official or unofficial): City of Friendly People, Smelt Capital of the World

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,192 (+17.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,121 (25.2%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 360

Distribution of median household income in Kelso, WA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Kelso, WA in 2017
Kelso satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

6.7%
Washington:

5.2%
Historical population in Kelso, WA
Historical housing units in Kelso, WA

Population change in the 1990s: +76 (+0.6%).
Most common industries in Kelso, WA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (9.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.9%)
  • Educational services (8.4%)
  • Construction (5.7%)
  • Paper (5.5%)
  • Wood products (4.5%)
  • Public administration (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (9.9%)
  • Paper (8.2%)
  • Wood products (7.4%)
  • Educational services (5.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.3%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.2%)
  • Truck transportation (5.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (16.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.8%)
  • Educational services (11.5%)
  • Public administration (6.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.7%)
  • Personal & laundry services (3.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.2%)
Most common occupations in Kelso, WA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (3.8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (3.9%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3.8%)

Average climate in Kelso, Washington

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Kelso, Washington environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 60.8. This is better than average.

City:

60.8
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.29. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.29
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Kelso-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Washington state average. It is 176% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 79.0 miles away from Kelso center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 67.4 miles away from the city center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 4/29/1965 at 15:28:43, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 UK) earthquake occurred 85.7 miles away from Kelso center, causing $28,000,000 total damage
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 399.1 miles away from Kelso center
On 8/17/1991 at 22:17:14, a magnitude 7.1 (6.2 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.1 MW, 6.8 ML, Depth: 8.4 mi) earthquake occurred 331.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/8/1980 at 10:27:34, a magnitude 7.2 (6.2 MB, 7.2 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 355.0 miles away from Kelso center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cowlitz County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 7, Landslides: 5, Mudslides: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Heavy Rains: 2, Winds: 2, Earthquake: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Tornado: 1, Volcanic Eruption: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Kelso topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Kelso:

  • MONTICELLO HALL (409 NORTH 19TH AVENUE)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Kelso:

  • FRONTIER REHAB AND EXTENDED CARE (Nursing Home, about 1 miles away; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • PEACEHEALTH DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 1 miles away; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • MONTICELLO MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, about 1 miles away; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • COWLITZ CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • COWLITZ CONVALESCENT CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • EVERGREEN MANOR HEALTH AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • AMERICANA HEALTH AND REHAB CTR (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; LONGVIEW, WA)

Airports and other landing facilities located in Kelso:

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Amtrak station:

KELSO-LONGVIEW (501 S 1ST AVE.) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Kelso:

  • Lower Columbia College (about 2 miles; Longview, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,595)
  • Clark College (about 38 miles; Vancouver, WA; FT enrollment: 9,330)
  • Centralia College (about 40 miles; Centralia, WA; FT enrollment: 2,354)
  • University of Portland (about 41 miles; Portland, OR; FT enrollment: 4,030)
  • Concordia University-Portland (about 42 miles; Portland, OR; FT enrollment: 3,996)
  • Pacific University (about 45 miles; Forest Grove, OR; FT enrollment: 2,967)
  • Portland State University (about 45 miles; Portland, OR; FT enrollment: 21,450)

Public high schools in Kelso:

Public elementary/middle schools in Kelso:

Private elementary/middle schools in Kelso:

  • KELSO-LONGVIEW SDA SCHOOL (Students: 40, Location: 96 GARDEN ST, Grades: KG-8)
  • FAMILY HOUSE ACADEMY (Students: 31, Location: 1220 CARROLL RD, Grades: KG-8)
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Library in Kelso:

  • KELSO PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $432,376; Location: 314 ACADEMY ST.; 37,703 books; 1,992 audio materials; 3,051 video materials; 11 state licensed databases; 76 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Kelso: Terrace (A), American Medical Response (B), Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue Station 2 Kelso (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Three Rivers Mall (1), Gilles Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Coweeman River (A), Harding Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Kelso: Highland Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Cowlitz County Historical Museum (405 Allen Street).

Hotels: Motel 6 (106 N Minor Rd), Guesthouse Inn & Suites (501 3 Rivers Drive), GuestHouse Inns & Suites Kelso (501 Three Rivers Drive), Best Value Inn (505 North Pacific Avenue), Coffee Garden (510 Kelso Drive), Comfort Inn Kelso (440 Three Rivers Drive), Best Western Aladdin Motor Inn (310 Long Avenue), Red Lion Hotel Conference Center Kelso (510 Kelso Drive).

Courts: Longview City - Municipal Court (312 Southwest 1st), Cowlitz County - Family Court (312 Southwest 1st), Cowlitz County - Courts- Superior Court- Clerk (312 Southwest 1st Avenue).

Birthplace of: Ed Negre - Former NASCAR driver, Trevor May - Baseball player.

Cowlitz County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Kelso and their reported violations in the past:

FAMILY HOUSE ACADEMY (Population served: 28, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In DEC-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR)
  • 10 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
LONE FIR BAR AND GRILL LLC (Population served: 27, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Kelso that have no violations reported:

  • BEACON HILL WATER & SEWER DISTRICT (Population served: 10,237, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • CAMELOT SUBDIVISION (Population served: 142, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
Washington:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

62.5%
Whole state:

64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

10.9%
Whole state:

7.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Kelso in 2010:

  • 26 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 17 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 3 people in residential treatment centers for adults

People in group quarters in Kelso in 2000:

  • 204 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 29 people in other group homes
  • 23 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Kelso (2011 data):

  • Heritage Bank: Kelso Branch at 1000 South 13th, branch established on 1996/10/28. Info updated 2011/09/02: Bank assets: $1,202.8 mil, Deposits: $1,009.5 mil, headquarters in Olympia, WA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 28 total offices, Holding Company: Heritage Financial Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Kelso:

Marital status in Kelso, WA
  • Never married: 33.7%
  • Now married: 38.7%
  • Separated: 3.7%
  • Widowed: 6.3%
  • Divorced: 17.6%

For population 25 years and over in Kelso:

  • High school or higher: 82.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.3%
  • Unemployed: 11.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.8
Washington average:

11.3

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Kelso
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Kelso, WA (based on Cowlitz County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant18,10079
Catholic9,2945
Other4,80616
Mainline Protestant3,46017
Orthodox201
None66,730-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
This county:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 16
Here:

1.60 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

1.18 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 44
This county:

4.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.67 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 65
Cowlitz County:

6.49 / 10,000 pop.
Washington:

8.26 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.7%
State:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

34.7%
State:

25.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.0%
State:

13.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Kelso:

46.7%
Washington:

49.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Kelso:

42.3%
State:

45.8%

Average BMI:
Kelso:

28.9
Washington:

28.4

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

22.7%
Washington:

21.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.2%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Kelso:

6.8
Washington:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.4%
State:

32.6%

General health condition:
Kelso:

53.9%
Washington:

55.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

77.7%
Washington:

79.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Kelso, WA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 24$151,725$75,8630$0
Streets and Highways 11$56,628$61,7761$2,137
Water Supply 11$48,331$52,7250$0
Financial Administration 7$29,995$51,4200$0
Local Libraries 4$14,263$42,7895$1,155
Police - Other 3$9,861$39,4441$792
Other Government Administration 2$14,652$87,9127$3,200
Sewerage 2$9,922$59,5320$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 2$9,118$54,7081$1,650
Airports 1$4,179$50,1480$0
Parks and Recreation 1$4,640$55,6800$0
Judicial and Legal 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 68$353,314$62,35015$8,934

Kelso government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $3,178,000 ($262.00)
    Regular Highways: $1,204,000 ($99.26)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,215,000 ($265.05)
    Water Utilities: $1,347,000 ($111.05)
    General - Other: $1,194,000 ($98.43)
    Sewerage: $1,190,000 ($98.10)
    Solid Waste Management: $687,000 ($56.64)
    Financial Administration: $614,000 ($50.62)
    Central Staff Services: $494,000 ($40.73)
    Libraries: $366,000 ($30.17)
    Parks and Recreation: $358,000 ($29.51)
    Regular Highways: $343,000 ($28.28)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $329,000 ($27.12)
    Air Transportation: $194,000 ($15.99)
    Housing and Community Development: $112,000 ($9.23)
    Health - Other: $79,000 ($6.51)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $59,000 ($4.86)
    General Public Buildings: $44,000 ($3.63)
    Natural Resources - Other: $4,000 ($0.33)
    Correctional Institutions: $2,000 ($0.16)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash and Deposits: $288,000 ($23.74)
    Benefit Payments: $54,000 ($4.45)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $225,000 ($18.55)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Sewerage: $2,822,000 ($232.65)
    Other - Solid Waste Management: $327,000 ($26.96)
    Other - Correctional Institutions: $303,000 ($24.98)
    Other - Local Fire Protection: $240,000 ($19.79)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $966,000 ($79.64)
    Sewerage: $665,000 ($54.82)
    General - Other: $109,000 ($8.99)
    Regular Highways: $58,000 ($4.78)
    Air Transportation: $53,000 ($4.37)
    Libraries: $18,000 ($1.48)
    Police Protection: $10,000 ($0.82)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,567,000 ($376.50)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $235,000 ($19.37)

Kelso government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $5,157,000 ($425.14)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,136,000 ($93.65)
    Regular Highways: $150,000 ($12.37)
    Air Transportation: $131,000 ($10.80)
    Other: $90,000 ($7.42)
    Parks and Recreation: $41,000 ($3.38)
  • Employee Retirement - From Other Governments: $11,000 ($0.91)
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $1,000 ($0.08)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $59,000 ($4.86)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $506,000 ($41.71)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $156,000 ($12.86)
    Rents: $62,000 ($5.11)
    General Revenue - Other: $42,000 ($3.46)
    Interest Earnings: $28,000 ($2.31)
    Special Assessments: $3,000 ($0.25)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $2,907,000 ($239.65)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $656,000 ($54.08)
    Highways: $523,000 ($43.12)
    General Local Government Support: $149,000 ($12.28)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $2,021,000 ($166.61)
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,926,000 ($158.78)
    Property: $1,152,000 ($94.97)
    Other Selective Sales: $797,000 ($65.70)
    Amusements Sales: $118,000 ($9.73)
    Other License: $106,000 ($8.74)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $86,000 ($7.09)
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $61,000 ($5.03)

Kelso government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,374,000 ($855.23)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,904,000 ($816.49)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,180,000 ($262.16)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,710,000 ($223.41)

Kelso government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,421,000 ($694.23)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,409,000 ($116.16)

7.22% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($46,798 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.22%
Washington average:

7.39%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Clark County, WA  2.49% ($47,300 average AGI)
from Multnomah County, OR  0.34% ($42,893)
from Columbia County, OR  0.28% ($44,849)


5.83% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($53,518 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.83%
Washington average:

6.40%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Clark County, WA  1.53% ($59,210 average AGI)
to Lewis County, WA  0.37% ($37,350)
to Columbia County, OR  0.20% ($34,355)
Businesses in Kelso, WA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Nike1
Bath & Body Works1OfficeMax1
Best Western1Pac Sun1
Burger King1Payless1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pier 1 Imports1
Comfort Inn1Red Lobster1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid1
Dennys1Safeway1
Econo Lodge1Sears2
Famous Footwear1Sprint Nextel1
FedEx1Starbucks1
GNC1Subway1
GameStop1Super 81
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
JCPenney1Target1
Kroger1Toyota1
Macy's1True Value1
MasterBrand Cabinets3U-Haul1
Maurices1UPS3
McDonald's1Vans2
Motel 61Vons1
Motherhood Maternity1

Strongest AM radio stations in Kelso:

  • KBAM (1270 AM; 5 kW; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM LONGVIEW LICENSE, LLC)
  • KLOG (1490 AM; 1 kW; KELSO, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON INTERSTATE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KEDO (1400 AM; 1 kW; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM LONGVIEW LICENSE, LLC)
  • KPAM (860 AM; 50 kW; TROUTDALE, OR; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-OREGON, INC.)
  • KPOJ (620 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KOTK (1080 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - PORTLAND RADIO, L.L.C.)
  • KKAD (1550 AM; 50 kW; VANCOUVER, WA; Owner: PAMPLIN BROADCASTING-WASHINGTON, INC)
  • KXL (750 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION)
  • KEX (1190 AM; 50 kW; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKSN (1520 AM; 50 kW; OREGON CITY, OR; Owner: ENTERCOM PORTLAND LICENSE, LLC)
  • KIRO (710 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • KJR (950 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA)
  • KTTH (770 AM; 50 kW; SEATTLE, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM SEATTLE LICENSE, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Kelso:

  • KUKN (105.5 FM; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: WASHINGTON INTERSTATE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWYQ (90.3 FM; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • K273AI (102.5 FM; ARIEL, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KJVH (89.5 FM; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KRQT (107.1 FM; CASTLE ROCK, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM LONGVIEW LICENSE, LLC)
  • KLYK (94.5 FM; KELSO, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM LONGVIEW LICENSE, LLC)
  • K216DH (91.1 FM; CATHLAMET, WA; Owner: TILLICUM FOUNDATION)
  • KMNT (102.9 FM; CENTRALIA, WA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K250AE (97.9 FM; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM LONGVIEW LICENSE, LLC)
  • KRQT-FM1 (107.1 FM; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: ENTERCOM LONGVIEW LICENSE, LLC)
  • KXXO (96.1 FM; OLYMPIA, WA; Owner: 3 CITIES, INC.)
  • KRVO (105.9 FM; VANCOUVER, WA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • K220HE (91.9 FM; CHEHALIS, WA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KINK (101.9 FM; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KKCW (103.3 FM; BEAVERTON, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KITI-FM (95.1 FM; WINLOCK, WA; Owner: PREMIER BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KPDQ-FM (93.7 FM; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF OREGON, INC.)
  • KOPB-FM (91.5 FM; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING)
  • KKRZ (100.3 FM; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KFMY (97.7 FM; RAYMOND, WA; Owner: SOUTH SOUND BROADCASTING, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Kelso:

  • K36DG (Channel 36; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • K68DZ (Channel 68; LONGVIEW, WA; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • KATU (Channel 2; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - PORTLAND TV, L.L.C.)
  • KPDX (Channel 49; VANCOUVER, WA; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • KPTV (Channel 12; PORTLAND, OR; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • K57IF (Channel 57; SALEM, OR; Owner: LaGRANDE BROADCASTING, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Kelso fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 36Number of bridges
  • 791ft / 241mTotal length
  • $154,419,000Total costs
  • 606,989Total average daily traffic
  • 107,607Total average daily truck traffic
  • 593,559Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
New bridges in Kelso, WA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 11940-1949
  • 81950-1959
  • 11960-1969
  • 101970-1979
  • 81980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Kelso, WA
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 108 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Kelso)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Kelso, WA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 38 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 20 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 154 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Kelso)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 18 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Kelso)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 full and 3 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED28$124,20421$110,718153$134,71513$68,2951$796,07023$82,0534$100,720
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$129,2074$100,53013$164,5242$110,6300$02$81,0251$39,860
APPLICATIONS DENIED8$114,1509$114,73369$144,1466$77,3530$09$103,2134$24,313
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN7$114,2141$136,53051$134,9062$72,2651$360,0003$109,5772$61,880
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$08$130,6362$155,5700$02$62,9200$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0003.00 , 0010.00, 0011.00, 0012.00, 0013.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED3$128,1271$229,350
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$335,1102$136,630
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$268,3701$153,880
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0003.00 , 0010.00, 0011.00, 0012.00, 0013.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Kelso, WA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Kelso, WA - Value

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 144. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 200 took place in 2006, and the least - 101 in 2013. The data has a decreasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Kelso, WA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (42.0%), and Structure Fires (34.4%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Kelso, WA
    • 1,03042.0%Outside Fires
    • 84434.4%Structure Fires
    • 39216.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 1857.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Kelso, WA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Kelso, Washington:

  • Comfort Inn, 440 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, Washington 98626 , Phone: (360) 425-4600, Fax: (360) 423-0762
  • Super 8 Motel, 250 Kelso Dr, Kelso, Washington 98626 , Phone: (360) 423-8880
  • Best Western Aladdin Motor Inn, 310 Long Ave, Kelso, Washington 98626 , Phone: (360) 425-9660, Fax: (360) 577-9436
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Kelso, Washington
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Kelso, WA
  • 88.4%Electricity
  • 6.3%Utility gas
  • 4.4%Wood
  • 0.5%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Kelso, WA
  • 91.9%Electricity
  • 4.1%Other fuel
  • 3.4%Utility gas
  • 0.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used


Kelso compared to Washington state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Kelso on our top lists:

  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (population 5,000+)"
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