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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kelso who work in office and administrative support (11.89%), sales jobs (11.34%), and maintenance occupations (8.19%).

In Kelso, just 9.16% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Kelso in 2010 was $16,668, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,672 for a family of four. However, Kelso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Kelso also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.58% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Kelso is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-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 14.93% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kelso include Norwegian, English, Irish, and Swedish.

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