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Welcome to Kalama ...

The city of Kalama is located on the Oregon border (on the Columbia River).

Kalama is located in Cowlitz County<1>.

The pronunciation of Kalama: kuh-LAM-uh<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Kalama, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Kalama has a population of 2,793 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Kalama is 260 feet [79 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Kalama lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Kalama is within the (360) area code.

The ZIP code for Kalama: 98625<5>

Websites for Kalama ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Kalama had an population of 2,793 people. This is an increase of 19.16% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 56.65% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Kalama had a population of 2,344 people. This makes Kalama the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Kalama represents 0.03% of the population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 153rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,344 people, the population of Kalama increased 31.46% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,783 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Kalama.

Communities near Kalama ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Kalama.

  • Longview
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Saint Helens
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Helens have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Helens
    • Saint Helens is located in Columbia County (OR)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,071 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Helens <6>
  • Kelso
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kelso
    • Kelso is located in Cowlitz County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,438 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kelso <6>
  • Ridgefield
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
  • Scappoose
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Woodland
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • La Center
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
  • Castle Rock
    (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
  • Vernonia
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vernonia
    • Vernonia is located in Columbia County (OR)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,295 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vernonia <6>
  • Columbia City
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Kalama. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Kalama.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Kalama. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Kalama.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Kalama. Our list includes 4 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Kalama.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Kalama ...

Looking for more information about Kalama? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Kalama, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Kalama.

Adding Kalama to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Kalama in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Kalama was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Kalama mentioned on a train schedule titled Union Pacific Railroad Time Tables (September 1924).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Kalama.

The official website for Kalama:

The official website for Cowlitz County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Cowlitz, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Kalama. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Kalama.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Kalama - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Kalama). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Kalama or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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