Cowlitz County

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Cowlitz County, Washington

312 SW 1st Ave
Kelso, WA 98626
Phone: (360) 577-3016
Fax: (360) 577-2323
www.co.cowlitz.wa.us

In southwestern WA, north of Portland, OR; organized Apr 21, 1854 (prior to statehood) from Lewis County. Name Origin: For the Cowlitz River, which flows through the county; from an Indian tribal name; meaning uncertain but possibly 'river of shifting sand.'

Area (sq mi):: 1166.33 (land 1138.64; water 27.69) Population per square mile: 85.50
Population 2005: 97,325 State rank: 12 Population change: 2000-20005 4.70%; 1990-2000 13.20% Population 2000: 92,948 (White 89.90%; Black or African American 0.50%; Hispanic or Latino 4.60%; Asian 1.30%; Other 6.30%). Foreign born: 3.70%. Median age: 36.90
Income 2000: per capita $18,583; median household $39,797; Population below poverty level: 14.00% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $23,665-$25,039
Unemployment (2004): 8.50% Unemployment change (from 2000): -2.50% Median travel time to work: 21.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 14.40%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Longview (35,943)
  • Kelso County seat (11,820)

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    1 of Cowlitz County, WA (better known as Cowlitz PUD) provides electric service to nearly 50,000 residential, commercial, industrial and street lighting customers county wide.