Economic Outlook

Civilian Labor Force

In 2017, over 88% of the labor force aged 16 years and older were employed in Kelso, WA. The unemployment rate was under 12% and 28% of the population was living below the poverty line.


The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kelso, WA, are Production and Transportation. This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kelso, WA.

Type of Workers

For fiscal year 2017 the largest class of workers in Kelso, WA were paid in salary and private wages, followed by government and self-employment.


The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kelso, WA, are Educational Services, Healthcare & Social Assistance. This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kelso, WA.

Income and Benefits

Households in Kelso, WA have a median annual income of $36k and a per capita income of $18k. The majority of the populations makes between $25k – $75k

Income and Benefits

The highest amount of benefits earned in Kelso, WA came from food stamp/snap benefits. 


In Kelos, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k-$149k range. In 2017, the median property value was $123k.