Kelso, WA
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Living in Kelso


Kelso is a somewhat small city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 12,047 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Kelso is the 72nd largest community in Washington.

Kelso is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kelso is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kelso who work in office and administrative support (10.92%), sales jobs (10.67%), and maintenance occupations (9.32%).

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Kelso has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

The population of Kelso has a very low overall level of education: only 9.38% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Kelso in 2010 was $17,703, which is low income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,812 for a family of four. However, Kelso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 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 14.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kelso include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

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