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The City of Chehalis had a population of 7,429 as of July 1, 2022.

The primary coordinate point for Chehalis is located at latitude 46.662 and longitude -122.964 in Lewis County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chehalis encompass a land area of 5.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Lewis County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 236 feet.

The City of Chehalis 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 Chehalis is located within Centralia-Chehalis Division of Lewis County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chehalis: Saundersville.

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Chehalis, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 7,429 (100%)
Population in Households 7,149 (96.2%)
Population in Families 5,305 (71.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 280 ( 3.8%)
Population Density 1,279
Diversity Index2 51


Median Household Income $62,791
Average Household Income $79,741
% of Income for Mortgage4 22%
Per Capita Income $31,136
Wealth Index5 59


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,178 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,525 (48.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,432 (45.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 221 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $262,847
Average Home Value $315,783
Housing Affordability Index3 115


Total Households 2,957
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 1,715
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.06% 0.44%
Households 0.50% 0.46%
Families   0.43%
Median Household Income   2.80%
Per Capita Income   1.99%
Owner Occupied HU   0.96%

Chehalis, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chehalis to the other 639 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 157 76th
Population Density # 238 63rd
Median Household Income # 435 32nd
Housing Affordability Index # 465 73rd
Per Capita Income # 483 25th
Diversity Index # 253 60th

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