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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Cowlitz County is located in Washington with a population of 103,590. In Cowlitz County, most residents own their homes. In Cowlitz County there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Cowlitz County and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$796
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Cowlitz County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    131.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    5
    6.1
  • Rape
    96.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    655.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,796.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    356.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    42%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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Cowlitz County Reviews

3 reviews
Despite the preconceived notions and stereo types that were presented in the reactions of friends when announcing moving from Vancouver area to Cowlitz County, there is nothing but good things to say. It is a typical blue collar, small community; most families know one another in some shape or form.
Aside from the small town feel, the comradory for community plays out here; from fundraising, to standing behind our law enforcement, to our county Rodeo.
Living wise it literally an hour from anything, an hour to the coast, the mountains, or Portland. It's beautiful area, with picturesque Mt. St Helens and tons of natural beauty.
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My experience with Cowlitz County has evolved over the years. Moving here as a young adult, I was narrow minded and shortsighted. As a grown adult with an adult child of my own I have learned to see the opportunities that are available in the geographical area. Residency is generally calm, and quiet. Employment opportunity is growing, and there is also the opportunity to commute to the larger city to work without having to live in the larger city. The area is beautiful, with the mountains, beach, and valleys all within short driving distance. There is a little something for everyone.
Cowlitz county has it's pros and cons; its a beautiful area with surrounding mountains, rivers, lakes and the ocean not to far away. The drug use is very high though and homeless people are on the rise.