Kelso, WA Population

By | July 2, 2019

Population: 11,895. Estimated population in July 2020: 11,854 (-0.3% change)
Males: 5,936 (49.9%), Females: 5,959 (50.1%)

Cowlitz County

Zip code: 98626

Median resident age: 32.9 years
Median household income: $29,722
Median house value: $96,000

Races in Kelso:

  • White Non-Hispanic (87.2%)
  • Hispanic (6.9%)
  • American Indian (3.7%)
  • Other race (3.1%)
  • Two or more races (2.7%)
  • Black (0.8%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (17.9%), Irish (12.8%), English (10.5%), Norwegian (5.9%), United States (5.5%), French (4.1%).

Elevation: 80 feet

Land area: 8.1 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Kelso

  • High school or higher: 79.4%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 10.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%
  • Unemployed: 11.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Kelso city

  • Never married: 24.1%
  • Now married: 51.5%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 13.8%

4.2% Foreign born (2.0% Latin America, 1.2% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +76 (+0.6%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Kelso:

  • HOSPICE CARE CENTER HOSPITAL (about 6 miles; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • PEACEHEALTH ST JOHN MEDICAL CENTER (about 6 miles; LONGVIEW, WA)
  • S W WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER (about 36 miles; VANCOUVER, WA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Kelso:

  • PORTLAND INTL (about 45 miles; PORTLAND, OR; Abbreviation: PDX)
  • OLYMPIA (about 57 miles; OLYMPIA, WA; Abbreviation: OLM)
  • ASTORIA REGIONAL (about 67 miles; ASTORIA, OR; Abbreviation: AST)
Other public-use airports nearest to Kelso:

  • KELSO-LONGVIEW (about 3 miles; KELSO, WA; Abbreviation: KLS)
  • WOODLAND STATE (about 22 miles; WOODLAND, WA; Abbreviation: W27)
  • TOLEDO-WINLOCK ED CARLSON MEMORIAL FIELD (about 24 miles; TOLEDO, WA; Abbreviation: TDO)
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 and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Kelso:

  • LOWER COLUMBIA COLLEGE (about 6 miles; LONGVIEW, WA; Full-time enrollment: 2,237)
  • CLARK COLLEGE (about 38 miles; VANCOUVER, WA; Full-time enrollment: 5,106)
  • UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND (about 40 miles; PORTLAND, OR; Full-time enrollment: 2,683)
  • PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY (about 48 miles; PORTLAND, OR; Full-time enrollment: 13,255)
  • LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE (about 49 miles; PORTLAND, OR; Full-time enrollment: 2,795)
  • PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 54 miles; Portland, OR; Full-time enrollment: 12,132)
  • MT HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 55 miles; GRESHAM, OR; Full-time enrollment: 4,867)

Schools

Public high schools in Kelso:

  • KELSO HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,207; Location: 1904 ALLEN ST; Grades: 10 – 12)
  • LOOWIT HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 32; Location: 2001 ALLEN ST; Grades: 08 – 12)
Private high school in Kelso:

  • CORNERSTONE COMM CHRISTIAN SCH (Students: 77; Location: PO BOX 33; Grades: 7 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Kelso:

  • COWEEMAN JUNIOR HIGH (Students: 669; Location: 2000 ALLEN ST; Grades: 06 – 09)
  • HUNTINGTON JUNIOR HIGH (Students: 663; Location: 500 REDPATH; Grades: 07 – 09)
  • BUTLER ACRES ELEMENTARY (Students: 519; Location: 1609 BURCHAM ST; Grades: KG – 06)
  • BARNES ELEMENTARY (Students: 438; Location: 401 BARNES; Grades: PK – 06)
  • CATLIN ELEMENTARY (Students: 395; Location: 404 LONG AVE; Grades: KG – 06)
  • WALLACE ELEMENTARY (Students: 378; Location: 410 ELM ST; Grades: KG – 06)
  • ROSE VALLEY ELEMENTARY (Students: 203; Location: 1502 ROSE VALLEY RD; Grades: KG – 06)
  • CARROLLS ELEMENTARY (Students: 142; Location: 3902 OLD PACIFIC HWY S; Grades: KG – 06)
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION HOME & HOSPITAL (Students: 1; Location: 601 CRAWFORD ST; Grades: KG – 12)
Private primary/middle schools in Kelso:

  • KELSO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 144; Location: 403 ACADEMY; Grades: PK – 6)
  • KELSO-LONGVIEW SDA SCHOOL (Students: 60; Location: 96 GARDEN ST.; Grades: PK – 8)

Libraries

Library in Kelso:

  • KELSO PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $279,744; Location: 314 ACADEMY ST.; 38,556 books; 1,999 audio materials; 1,726 video materials; 92 serial subscriptions)