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The City of Longview had a population of 38,684 as of July 1, 2021. Longview ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Longview is located at latitude 46.1382 and longitude -122.9382 in Cowlitz County. The formal boundaries for the City of Longview encompass a land area of 14.54 sq. miles and a water area of 0.28 sq. miles. Cowlitz County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 23 feet.

The City of Longview 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 Longview is located within Longview-Kelso Division of Cowlitz County.

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Longview, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 38,684 (100%)
Population in Households 37,729 (97.5%)
Population in Families 27,838 (72.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 955 ( 2.5%)
Population Density 2,607
Diversity Index2 46


Median Household Income $43,861
Average Household Income $59,448
% of Income for Mortgage4 25%
Per Capita Income $24,917
Wealth Index5 58


Total HU (Housing Units) 17,232 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,479 (55.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,679 (38.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,075 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $262,466
Average Home Value $300,177
Housing Affordability Index3 91


Total Households 16,157
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 9,473
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.43% 0.45%
Households 0.45% 0.46%
Families 0.31% 0.39%
Median Household Income   2.33%
Per Capita Income   2.58%
Owner Occupied HU   0.95%

Longview, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Longview to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 33 95th
Population Density # 121 81st
Median Household Income # 569 9th
Housing Affordability Index # 131 21st
Per Capita Income # 530 15th
Diversity Index # 242 62nd

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