Cowlitz County is a southwest Washington state county. With a population of around 100,000 people, its largest city is Longview and its county seat is Kelso. Because of its location many of its towns and cities are dependent on the lumber industry. In fact, in the 1920s, it had the first and second largest timber companies in the world.
Kelso Washington, located in Cowlitz County, is a town with a lot of history. From its rough and rowdy logging town beginnings, to its close proximity to the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980, to the 1998 Aldercrest-Banyon landslide, the city of Kelso is sure to keep its residents on their toes. However, living in Kelso also brings financial opportunity. In the past, Kelso was the Smelt Fishing Capitol of the World, taking fish from the three rivers that ran through city – the Coweeman, Columbia, and Cowlitz, which separates Kelso from Longview, creating the area known as Kelso Longview. Today, with its close proximity to Portland, Oregon, interstate 5, and the west coast railways, the majority of Kelso’s employers are in the manufacturing industry, providing jobs for the regions 102,410 residents. Kelso is also home to Lower Columbia College, which offers bachelors and masters degrees in various fields. Whether you’re planning on using a hard money loan to create an additional rental unit for a college student, or looking for an investment property to be sold to one of its residents, Kelso is a great place to be looking for your next investment opportunity.