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Cowlitz County, WA&

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0.5% growth
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3.53% growth
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2.32% growth
Median Property Value
2.68% growth


The economy of Cowlitz County, WA employs 41,357 people. The economy of Cowlitz County, WA is specialized in Utilities; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Manufacturing, which employ respectively 2.04; 1.92; and 1.46 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Cowlitz County, WA are Manufacturing (6,264), Healthcare & Social Assistance (5,853), and Retail trade (5,247), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($108,142), Utilities ($68,125), and Transportation & Warehousing ($41,757).

Median household income in Cowlitz County, WA is $49,127. Males in Cowlitz County, WA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,847. The income inequality of Cowlitz County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.434 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Cowlitz County, WA. In Cowlitz County, WA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 66 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,316. Yakima County, WA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Washington.


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Cowlitz County, WA is home to a population of 102,854 people, from which 97.5% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Cowlitz County, WA is composed of 87,013 White residents (84.6%), 8,640 Hispanic residents (8.4%), 3,969 Two+ residents (3.86%), 1,263 Asian residents (1.23%), and 1,002 Native residents (0.97%). The most common foreign languages in Cowlitz County, WA are Spanish (4,463 speakers), Russian (354 speakers), and Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (204 speakers), but compared to other places, Cowlitz County, WA has a relative high number of Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (204 speakers), Scandinavian (52 speakers), and Other Pacific Island (176 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Cowlitz County, WA awarded 1,118 degrees. The student population of Cowlitz County, WA is skewed towards females, with 312 male students and 806 female students. Most students in Cowlitz County, WA are White (906 and 81%), followed by Unknown (72 and 6.44%), Hispanic or Latino (57 and 5.1%), and Two or more races (27 and 2.42%). The largest universities in Cowlitz County, WA by number of graduates are Lower Columbia College (1,064 and 95.2%), Stylemaster College of Hair Design (54 and 4.83%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Cowlitz County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (283 and 25.3%), Registered Nursing (112 and 10%), and General Business Administration & Management (20 and 1.79%). The median tuition costs in Cowlitz County, WA are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cowlitz County, WA is $180,000, which is 0.88 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $175,300 to $180,000, a 2.68% increase. The homeownership rate of Cowlitz County, WA is 65.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Cowlitz County, WA have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cowlitz County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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