Kelso, Washington Population 2020

12,615

Kelso is a city located in Washington. With a 2020 population of 12,615, it is the 76th largest city in Washington and the 2623rd largest city in the United States. Kelso is currently growing at a rate of 1.25% annually and its population has increased by 5.79% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 11,925 in 2010. Spanning over 9 miles, Kelso has a population density of 1,551 people per square mile.

The average household income in Kelso is $50,508 with a poverty rate of 27.37%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $835 per month, and the median house value is $133,900. The median age in Kelso is 35.9 years, 34.3 years for males, and 37 years for females. For every 100 females there are 92.9 males.

Kelso Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Kelso was:

  • White: 84.39%
  • Native American: 4.94%
  • Two or more races: 4.87%
  • Other race: 2.47%
  • Black or African American: 1.63%
  • Asian: 1.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.43%
The current population of Kelso, Washington is 12,615, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 12,303.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 11,925.

Kelso, Washington Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White10,11384.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native5924.94%
Two or More Races5834.87%
Some Other Race2962.47%
Black or African American1951.63%
Asian1531.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander510.43%

Kelso Population Pyramid 2020

Kelso Median Age

35.9


Total

34.3


Male

37


Female

Kelso Adults

There are 8,959 adults, (1,450 of whom are seniors) in Kelso.

Kelso Age Dependency

59.6

Age Dependency Ratio

19.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Kelso Sex Ratio

Female

6,211

51.83%

Male

5,772

48.17%

Kelso Households and Families

Kelso Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Kelso Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.6%37.4%
All49.9%50.1%
Female48.1%51.9%
Non Family40.1%59.9%
Male37.3%62.7%

49.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All4,5022.6649.9
Non Family1,7191.2440.1
Married1,6513.4362.6
Female9313.7548.1
Male2013.4137.3

3.3

Average Family Size

2.66

Average Household Size

9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Kelso Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4185.33%
9th to 12th Grade95912.23%
High School Graduate2,84636.30%
Some College2,15527.48%
Associates Degree7299.30%
Bachelors Degree4295.47%
Graduate Degree3053.89%

Kelso Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White6,3675,646665
Hispanic849394
Multiple Races27722311
Native American23788
Other Race20265
Black1618911
Asian826647

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 88.68%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 57.32%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,296$31,995$26,236
Less Than High School$26,002$30,536$22,381
High School Grad$26,271$31,250$19,010
Some College$31,211$33,631$30,393
Bachelors Degree$52,917$53,684$
Graduate Degree$68,125$120,144$64,811

$29,296

Average Earnings

$31,995

Average Male

$26,236

Average Female

Kelso Language

Kelso Language by Age

Kelso Language

89.01% of Kelso residents speak only English, while 10.99% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 8.79% of the population.

Kelso Poverty

Kelso Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White8,9352,26025.29%
Hispanic1,92477140.07%
Native59236962.33%
Multiple53918033.40%
Other2963511.82%
Black1953517.95%

27.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.85%

Male Poverty Rate

27.86%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kelso

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kelso is Native, with 62.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kelso is Other, with 11.82% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.65%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.39%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.86%
Some College22.57%
High School20.73%
Bachelors or Greater6.81%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed46.89%
Female Unemployed38.75%
Female Employed13.21%
Male Employed9.40%

Kelso Income

Kelso Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$37,450$50,508
Families$43,262$55,439
Married Families$60,102-
Non Families$25,458$35,346

Kelso Marital Status

Kelso Marital Status

Marriage Rates

39.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.2%

Male Marriage Rate

39.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Kelso Married by Age and Sex

Kelso Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Kelso Marital Status by Race

Kelso Veterans

959

Number of Veterans

909

Male Veterans

50

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam284
Second Gulf War280
First Gulf War85
Korea64
World War II35
Name Veterans % of Total
White86411.00%
Black3721.14%
Indian3413.93%
Hispanic323.19%
2 or More247.08%

$Kelso Veterans by Education

11.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

19.40%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kelso Employment Status

55%

Labor Force Participation

49%

Employment Rate

10.8%

Unemployment Rate

Kelso Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

58.98%

Born in Washington

93.41%

Native Born

6.59%

Foreign Born

5.66%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.41% of Kelso residents were born in the United States, with 58.98% having been born in Washington. 5.66% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202012,6151561.25%
201912,4591561.27%
201812,3031711.41%
201712,1321561.30%
201611,9761611.36%
201511,815950.81%
201411,720-6-0.05%
201311,726-47-0.40%
201211,773-94-0.79%
201111,867-36-0.30%
201011,90380.01%
200011,895750.06%
199011,8206910.60%
198011,1298330.78%
197010,2961,9172.08%
19608,3791,0341.33%
19507,3455960.85%
19406,7494890.75%
19306,2600.00%