Cowlitz County

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Cowlitz County, Washington

312 SW 1st Ave
Kelso, WA 98626
Phone: (360) 577-3016
Fax: (360) 577-2323

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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    Johnson," was the only orthodontist in a small town outside of Cowlitz County, Washington. Because he'd been in practice for nearly 30 years, he'd earned the respect of the community and had provided dental care to hundreds of residents over the years in many cases, multiple generations within the same family.
    Cowlitz Bancorporation is the holding company of Cowlitz Bank, which has four branches in Cowlitz County, Washington. Cowlitz Bank's divisions include Bay Bank with branches in Seattle, Bellevue and Vancouver, Washington plus Portland and Wilsonville, Oregon and Bay Mortgage with offices in Longview and Vancouver, Washington.