Kelso, WA

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2019 Population
12,123
1.17% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
35.2
1.95% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
23.7%
13.6% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$39,044
4.26% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$148,100
10.6% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
4,551
0.641% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Kelso, WA had a population of 12.1k people with a median age of 35.2 and a median household income of $39,044. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Kelso, WA grew from 11,983 to 12,123, a 1.17% increase and its median household income grew from $37,450 to $39,044, a 4.26% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kelso, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.4%), White (Hispanic) (9.69%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.84%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (2.76%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.34%). 0% of the households in Kelso, WA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

94.2% of the residents in Kelso, WA are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Kelso, WA was $148,100, and the homeownership rate was 49.9%. Most people in Kelso, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Kelso, WA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Kelso, WA is home to a population of 12.1k people, from which 94.2% are citizens. As of 2019, 21% of Kelso, WA residents were born outside of the country (2.54k people).

In 2019, there were 7.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.15k people) in Kelso, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.18k White (Hispanic) and 465 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kelso, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    9.15k ± 600
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.18k ± 402
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    465 ± 265
16.8%
Hispanic Population
2.04k people

In 2019, there were 7.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.15k people) in Kelso, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.18k White (Hispanic) and 465 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

16.8% of the people in Kelso, WA are hispanic (2.04k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Kelso, WA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

21%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
2.54k people
6.59%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
790 people

As of 2019, 21% of Kelso, WA residents (2.54k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kelso, WA was 6.59%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

36
Median Native-Born Age
± 3.2
35
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Kelso, WA was 35.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Kelso, WA are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Kelso, WA residents was 36.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    247,214 ± 12,002 people
  2. India
    80,685 ± 6,936 people
  3. China
    72,521 ± 6,579 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 247,214 Washington residents, followed by India with 80,685 and China with 72,521.

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Citizenship

94.2%
2019 Citizenship
94.3%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 94.2% of Kelso, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Kelso, WA was 94.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    279 ± 106
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    272 ± 120
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    80 ± 63

Kelso, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Washington, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Washington (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Washington. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Washington across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Kelso, WA is $39,044. In 2019, the place with the highest median household income in Kelso, WA was Census Tract 17 with a value of $82,182, followed by Census Tract 8 and Census Tract 12, with respective values of $78,347 and $66,836.

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,599. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Kelso, WA employs 4.55k people. The largest industries in Kelso, WA are Manufacturing (893 people), Retail Trade (735 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (597 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($63,654), Wholesale Trade ($45,625), and Construction ($42,156).

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,044
2019 value
± $3,525
4.26%
1 Year Growth
± 10.6%

Households in Kelso, WA have a median annual income of $39,044, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $37,450 in 2018, which represents a 4.26% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$79,606
Average Male Salary in Washington
± $1,492
$58,599
Average Female Salary in Washington
± $1,218

In 2019, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Washington
  1. Asian
    $74,594 ± $3,333
  2. White
    $62,706 ± $1,032
  3. Two or More Races
    $50,542 ± $3,350

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Washington.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kelso, WA is from Washington.
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Washington
0.469
2018 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2019, the income inequality in Washington was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.222% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 17
  2. Census Tract 8
  3. Census Tract 12

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kelso, WA was Census Tract 17 with a value of $82,182, followed by Census Tract 8 and Census Tract 12, with respective values of $78,347 and $66,836.

The following map shows all of the places in Kelso, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kelso, WA (2.85k out of 12k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Males < 5 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    2,267 ± 358
  2. Hispanic
    740 ± 236
  3. Native American
    375 ± 189

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kelso, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.55k
2019 Value
± 502
0.641%
1 Year growth
± 15.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Kelso, WA grew at a rate of 0.641%, from 4.52k employees to 4.55k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kelso, WA, are Production Occupations (592 people), Sales & Related Occupations (520 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (402 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kelso, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kelso, WA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (592 people), Sales & Related Occupations (520 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (402 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Kelso, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.3 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (2.29 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (2.11 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kelso, WA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($123,029), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($89,107), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,068).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.55k
2019 Value
± 502
0.641%
1 Year growth
± 15.2%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Kelso, WA grew at a rate of 0.641%, from 4.52k employees to 4.55k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kelso, WA, are Manufacturing (893 people), Retail Trade (735 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (597 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kelso, WA, though some of these residents may live in Kelso, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Kelso, WA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (893 people), Retail Trade (735 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (597 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Kelso, WA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.4 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.96 times), and Retail Trade (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kelso, WA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($63,654), Wholesale Trade ($45,625), and Construction ($42,156).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $79.3B
  2. $39.1B
  3. $32.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $79.3B, followed by Mixed freight ($39.1B) and Electronics ($32.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Washington products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$443B
2018 Value in Washington
$972B
Projected 2045 Value in Washington
120% growth

In 2018, total outbound Washington trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 120% to $972B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31.9B
  2. $19.7B
  3. $10.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $31.9B, followed by California with $19.7B and Illinois and $10.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Washington shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Cowlitz County, WA went to Donald J. Trump with 52.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (39.2%), followed by Other (7.88%). The most partisan county was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Cowlitz County, WA
52.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Washington
  1. 71.9% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 68.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Washington was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Washington colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Washington over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kelso, WA was $148,100 in 2019, which is 0.616 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $133,900 to $148,100, a 10.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Kelso, WA is 49.9%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Kelso, WA have an average commute time of 20.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kelso, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$148,100
2019 Median
± $19,509
$133,900
2018 Median
± $14,842

In 2019, the median property value in Kelso, WA grew to to $148,100 from the previous year's value of $133,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Kelso, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kelso, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$39,044
Median Household Income
± $3,525
4.56k
Number of Households
± 485

In 2019, the median household income of the 4.56k households in Kelso, WA grew to $39,044 from the previous year's value of $37,450.

The following chart displays the households in Kelso, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Kelso, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kelso, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

49.9%
2019 Homeownership
49.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 49.9% of the housing units in Kelso, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 49.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Kelso, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kelso, WA have a shorter commute time (20.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.17% of the workforce in Kelso, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (75.5%)
  2. Carpooled (15.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.1%)

In 2019, 75.5% of workers in Kelso, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (15.3%) and those who worked at home (4.1%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Kelso, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Kelso, WA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

93% of the population of Kelso, WA has health coverage, with 29.8% on employee plans, 39.2% on Medicaid, 9.06% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 2.82% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Washington was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Cowlitz County, WA see 1603 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.98% increase from the previous year (1527 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1651 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 224 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.8%). Additionally, Pend Oreille County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,603 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cowlitz County, WA

Primary care physicians in Cowlitz County, WA see an average of 1,603 patients per year. This represents a 4.98% increase from the previous year (1,527 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cowlitz County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,913
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Washington
$4,328
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,851
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,997
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.01%
Uninsured
29.8%
Employer Coverage
39.2%
Medicaid
9.06%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
2.82%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kelso, WA declined by 11.1% from 7.89% to 7.01%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kelso, WA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 14.8% prevalence
  2. 14.2% prevalence
  3. 14% prevalence

Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Washington by county over multiple years.

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