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Old 04-26-2011, 03:49 PM
Location: Telford, TN
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May be getting transferred, what is good and bad about the Longview/Kelso area?
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:33 PM
Location: the Beaver State
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Longview is considered somewhat the armpit of the Portland area without any of the advantages of being part of the Portland area since it's so far out. Seriously, there are jokes.

I don't think it's a bad area per say, but it attracts a lot of lower income people due to the low cost of living. Longview and Kelso are hardworking shipping towns. Most people are going to be working at one of the mills, plants or docks. Walmart is no doubt another big employer too. One of those going through a round of lay offs can drastically change things pretty quickly.

But, there has been a lot of new development in the past five years which I think has actually helped out a lot. The other part of the problem is that there just isn't a lot of entertainment options, so being a somewhat economically poor area there are more drug problems then average. Consumer prices are a bit higher then Portland, not even accounting for sales tax. Although dining out options tend to be significantly cheaper.

If you're a single young male, dating options are going to be VERY limited, unless you're OK with pregnant-out-of-highschool single mother crowd.

Not trying to scare you off, but it's not Mayberry. I think it's one of those areas that you have to go in with knowing that it's not ideal. There is some small town charm, but there is a lot of suburbs feel going on too.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:06 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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do you have kids? (need schools?)

There are definately some bad areas you will want to avoid. Especially near town.

It gets a bad rap, but is not picnic either (drug, meth) . I Would NOT buy a house till I knew I was staying. Do be advised there are some unstable slopes and new houses were falling off the hill a few yrs ago.

I prefer SE Kelso and Carrolls area; or NW Longview BUT I have never lived there.

For public schools.... that will be a hassle once out of elementary, when in High School use Running Start (college for free)
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:23 PM
Location: Spokane, WA
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There are several threads I have answered on concerning Longview/Kelso. Look them up in the search box for more info.
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:26 PM
Location: Port Orchard, WA
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Kelso by Butler Acres would probably be best. My son and I lived there for a few years. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend anywhere in Longview. It's not ideal at all. When we lived in Kelso/Longview there were a lot of problems with break-ins, drugs, car vandalism, and enough nonstop Jerry Springer style drama for years of shows. There are some awesome folks that live there. However, they are seriously out numbered by those who aren't.
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