Kelso, WA
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Kelso is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 11,901 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Kelso is the 72nd largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities, Kelso isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kelso are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kelso is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Kelso who work in office and administrative support (13.84%), sales jobs (9.23%), and maintenance occupations (9.23%).

The population of Kelso has a very low overall level of education: only 9.98% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Kelso in 2010 was $16,229, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,916 for a family of four. Kelso also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.12% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Kelso home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kelso residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Kelso also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.77% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kelso include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Kelso is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.