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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Kelso is a town in Washington with a population of 11,983. Kelso is in Cowlitz County. Living in Kelso offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Kelso there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Kelso and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Kelso are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$835
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Kelso Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    287.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    106.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    32.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    624.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,000.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    369.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    5%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Kelso

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,450
National
$55,322
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Kelso Reviews

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Kelso/Longview is a lovely area. You'll see some poverty issues from poor multigenerational families that refuse to leave due to having roots in the area. Gentrification is happening, and the area is going through the shuffle. A sad byproduct of the process when those getting edged out refuse to find anywhere else to go. (It is a beautiful area, can't blame them). For people looking to escape the city, and want bargain property this area is a haven and a real estate gold rush. The key is money. If you have it, you'll be happy. Golf courses, beaches, hiking, fishing and more. The area has mild winters and summers. This means a good amount of rain and fog but less snow. For shopping there is everything one could want or need locally, but both Seattle and Portland are within easy driving distances. The train station can get you to either city, if driving is not for you. Easy drive to the coast, without the tsunami risks or the outrageous property prices... for now ;)
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Beautiful area alongside Longview primed for growth that hasn't arrived quite yet. Lots of people gobbling up the real estate in the area, since home ownership is more reasonable than Portland or Vancouver but still 45 min commute. A big money injection would really get the ball rolling if the right businesses could be encouraged to build. Two malls, lots of big box stores and chain stores, Fred Meyer, two walmarts, three safeways, so on so forth. Not too big, not too small.
There aren't many opportunities for children to get community involved or many after school activities for students to participate in. I think that the night life is lacking. If there were more programs for healthy development, there would be a more successful high school completion rate.