Cowlitz County, WA

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2022 Population
110,621
1.06% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.8
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
12.1%
4.79% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$70,912
9.93% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$332,200
22.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
46,916
2.95% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Cowlitz County, WA had a population of 111k people with a median age of 40.8 and a median household income of $70,912. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Cowlitz County, WA grew from 109,457 to 110,621, a 1.06% increase and its median household income grew from $64,506 to $70,912, a 9.93% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Cowlitz County, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.26%), White (Hispanic) (4.59%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.8%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.71%).

None of the households in Cowlitz County, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.9% of the residents in Cowlitz County, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cowlitz County, WA are Lower Columbia College (565 degrees awarded in 2022) and Stylemaster College of Hair Design (35 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Cowlitz County, WA was $332,200, and the homeownership rate was 66.4%.

Most people in Cowlitz County, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Cowlitz County, WA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Cowlitz County, WA is home to a population of 111k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.16% of Cowlitz County, WA residents were born outside of the country (4.6k people).

In 2022, there were 15.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (90k people) in Cowlitz County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.82k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 5.07k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.9%
2022 Citizenship
97.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.9% of Cowlitz County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Cowlitz County, WA was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Cowlitz County, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    90k ± 514
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    5.82k ± 659
  3. White (Hispanic)
    5.07k ± 656
9.81%
Hispanic Population
10.9k people

In 2022, there were 15.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (90k people) in Cowlitz County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.82k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 5.07k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.81% of the people in Cowlitz County, WA are hispanic (10.9k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    244,390 ± 11,943 people
  2. India
    101,527 ± 7,771 people
  3. China
    86,360 ± 7,174 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 244,390 Washington residents, followed by India with 101,527 and China with 86,360.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.16%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
4.6k people
3.98%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
4.36k people

As of 2022, 4.16% of Cowlitz County, WA residents (4.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cowlitz County, WA was 3.98%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,045 ± 375
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,644 ± 319
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    976 ± 266

Cowlitz County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Cowlitz County, WA employs 46.9k people. The largest industries in Cowlitz County, WA are Manufacturing (7,399 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,280 people), and Retail Trade (5,951 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($89,063), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($69,093), and Manufacturing ($67,442).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $73,054. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

46.9k
2022 Value
± 1,741
2.95%
1 Year growth
± 5.19%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Cowlitz County, WA grew at a rate of 2.95%, from 45.6k employees to 46.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cowlitz County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,899 people), Management Occupations (4,517 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,304 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cowlitz County, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

46.9k
2022 Value
± 1,741
2.95%
1 Year growth
± 5.19%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Cowlitz County, WA grew at a rate of 2.95%, from 45.6k employees to 46.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cowlitz County, WA, are Manufacturing (7,399 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,280 people), and Retail Trade (5,951 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cowlitz County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Cowlitz County, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,935
Median earning men ± $2,097
$34,568
Median earning women ± $1,139

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($90,354), Manufacturing ($73,435), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,955).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($57,382), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,646), and Manufacturing ($43,750).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 732
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 509
    Manufacturing
  3. 456
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Cowlitz County, WA went to Donald J. Trump with 57.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.11%).

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.

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.

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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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Education

In 2022, universities in Cowlitz County, WA awarded 600 degrees. The student population of Cowlitz County, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 750 male students and 1,724 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cowlitz County, WA are White (459 and 77.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (56 and 9.46%), Two or More Races (29 and 4.9%), and Unknown (22 and 3.72%).

The largest universities in Cowlitz County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Lower Columbia College (565 and 94.2%) and Stylemaster College of Hair Design (35 and 5.83%).

The most popular majors in Cowlitz County, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (277 and 46.2%), Registered Nursing (112 and 18.7%), and Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (46 and 7.67%).

The median tuition cost in Cowlitz County, WA for a public four year colleges is $3,866 for in-state students and $5,119 for out-of-state students.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 2,474 students enrolled in Cowlitz County, WA, 30.3% men and 69.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,777 records, of which 69.2% were women and 30.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 19 degrees awarded
  2. 277 degrees awarded
  3. 112 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Cowlitz County, WA was Early Childhood Education & Teaching with 19 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Cowlitz County, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 565 degrees awarded
  2. 35 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lower Columbia College with 565 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 148 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cowlitz County, WA, which is 0.327 times less than the 452 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 459 degrees mean that there were 8.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 56 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($3,866) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($395) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($942) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.975% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.954% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.4M), and Bachelors Degree (1.33M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cowlitz County, WA was $332,200 in 2022, which is 1.18 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $270,600 to $332,200, a 22.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Cowlitz County, WA is 66.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Cowlitz County, WA have an average commute time of 27.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Cowlitz County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Cowlitz County, WA is $70,912. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Cowlitz County, WA was Census Tract 17 with a value of $88,352, followed by Census Tract 19 and Census Tract 6.02, with respective values of $88,167 and $86,217.

In 2022, 17.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Cowlitz County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.2%.

Property

$332,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,295
$28,664
Median Property Taxes
±$1,262

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cowlitz County, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

66.4%
Homeownership
2022
67.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.4% of the housing units in Cowlitz County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 17
  2. Census Tract 19
  3. Census Tract 6.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cowlitz County, WA was Census Tract 17 with a value of $88,352, followed by Census Tract 19 and Census Tract 6.02, with respective values of $88,167 and $86,217.

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

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Household Income

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$70,912
Median Household Income
± $2,483
43.2k
Number of Households
± 1,568

In 2022, the median household income of the 43.2k households in Cowlitz County, WA grew to $70,912 from the previous year's value of $64,506.

The following chart displays the households in Cowlitz County, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cowlitz County, WA is from Washington.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2022, the income inequality in Washington was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.7%)
  2. Carpooled (7.69%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.93%)

In 2022, 81.7% of workers in Cowlitz County, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.69%) and those who worked at home (6.93%).

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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Commute Time

27.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cowlitz County, WA have a longer commute time (27.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.34% of the workforce in Cowlitz County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 17.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Cowlitz County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.2%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cowlitz County, WA (13.3k out of 109k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cowlitz County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 14.8% of the children was living in poverty in Cowlitz County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 8.8%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 259 in Cowlitz County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 21 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94% of the population of Cowlitz County, WA has health coverage, with 43.4% on employee plans, 21.7% on Medicaid, 14.3% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.85% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Cowlitz County, WA see 1626 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.43% increase from the previous year (1603 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1687 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 209 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,626 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cowlitz County, WA

Primary care physicians in Cowlitz County, WA see an average of 1,626 patients per year. This represents a 1.43% increase from the previous year (1,603 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.9% under 18 years, 19.1% between 18 and 34 years, 38% between 35 and 64 years, and 19% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.02%
Uninsured
43.4%
Employer Coverage
21.7%
Medicaid
14.3%
Medicare
12.7%
Non-Group
1.85%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cowlitz County, WA grew by 10.4% from 5.45% to 6.02%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 40.1 in Cowlitz County, WA.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36.9% in Cowlitz County, WA.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.36% in Cowlitz County, WA.

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