Kelso, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


Kelso Local Links & Resources:
Hotels | Resources | ALL Kelso Content

Also See: Kelso, WA ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps | Local Area Photos

Kelso, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Kelso had a population of 12,118 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Kelso is located at latitude 46.1277 and longitude -122.8774 in Cowlitz County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kelso (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0.36 sq. miles. Cowlitz County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 66 feet.

The City of Kelso (GNIS ID: 2410174) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Kelso is located within Longview-Kelso Division of Cowlitz County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Kelso population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Kelso: Wallace's.

EXTREMELY LOCAL Demographic Data

Address Based Hyperlocal Data Input an address and get data & demographics for the pertinent census block group (CBG), a searchable map and a customized directory. The CBG is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting demographic data.


City of Kelso, WA Boundary Map

Also See: BIG Map | Driving Directions | WA Congressional Districts
Boundary Maps: Longview-Kelso Division | Cowlitz County | Washington Counties

Search the map for:

Kelso, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 12,118
Daytime Population: Workers 6,281
Daytime Population: Residents 8,276
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 14,557
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.20
Population in Households 12,073
Population in Familes 9,149
Population in Group Qrtrs 45
Population Density2 1,489
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $40,019
Average Household Income $54,306
Per Capita Income $21,416


Total Housing Units 5,279 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,318 (43.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,446 (46.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 515 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $149,266
Average Home Value $180,638


Total Households 4,764
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 2,997
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.22% 0.35%
Households 0.13% 0.3%
Families 0.22% 0.19%
Median Household Income   0.78%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

Kelso, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kelso to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 102 84th
Population Density # 206 67th
Diversity Index # 220 65th
Median Household Income # 538 14th
Per Capita Income # 537 15th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Washington Census Data Comparison Tool.

Washington Research Tools

Washington Census Data Comparison Tool

Compare Washington Census Data
Highest or Lowest: