Chehalis, WA
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Chehalis is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 7,391 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Chehalis is the 102nd largest community in Washington.

Chehalis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Chehalis is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chehalis who work in office and administrative support (13.16%), sales jobs (12.30%), and food service (11.04%).

For a small city, Chehalis has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Chehalis exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

The percentage of adults in Chehalis who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.35% of the adults in Chehalis have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chehalis in 2010 was $19,784, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,136 for a family of four. However, Chehalis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Chehalis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chehalis residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Chehalis also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chehalis include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Chehalis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.

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