Cowlitz County, WA
City of Longview
Lake Sacajawea Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities.
Largest City in Cowlitz County
With a population of 37,000 Longview is the largest city in Cowlitz County, Washington. In addition to hard infrastructure and a proactive approach to growth, Longview is home to a vigorous parks and recreation programs, Lake Sacajawea, Historic Columbia Theatre, an award-winning school district, Lower Columbia College, brilliant apprenticeship programs, an amateur baseball team, a bustling historic downtown, two golf courses, an active library, and multiple sporting opportunities for people of all ages.
Charming Mix of Old and New
Incorporated in 1923, and continually expanding since that time, Longview boasts a charming mix of new and old. From historic brick buildings, to classic homes with manicured yards, to tree-lined and award-winning Lake Sacajawea, to modern homes with breathtaking views perched on the hillside – Longview embraces its history and its future.
The Longview Public Library
Central to the I-5 corridor between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, Longview supports easy connections throughout the region, across the country and to the world.
Longview is home to approximately 38,000 residents, making it the largest city in Cowlitz County. With its variety of industry, tight-knit neighborhoods and an abundance of trails, parks and common areas, Longview is ideal for everyone from singles to families, to retirees with its small-town charm with bigger-city amenities.
The City of Longview is situated directly on the mighty Columbia River, central to the Interstate-5 corridor between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, an hour and half to the Pacific Ocean, supporting easy connections throughout the region, country and internationally.
Central to the I-5 corridor between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, Longview supports easy connections throughout the region, across the country and to the world. In addition to easy freeway access, we support rail services from both the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific Railroads, with easy proximity to Amtrak services in Kelso. Importing and exporting reach to the world is provided by the Port of Longview. Commercial air service is available at Portland International Airport (less than an hour away) and corporate jets can reach us at nearby Southwest Washington regional Airport. With a historic downtown and plenty of commercial and industrial land, we have plenty of room for your business. Abundant and affordable utilities are available to support your growth and a business-friendly government is here to help your business succeed.
Beyond its thriving economic activities, Longview has a positive, active community. With award-winning schools, public library, Lower Columbia College, vast parks and recreation programs, extensive trails, and gorgeous landscapes Longview has something for everyone. Known for its annual Squirrel Festival, Go Fourth Festival at the award winning Lake Sacajawea, Bow-Tie Bash Car Show in Historic Downtown Longview that hosted the Great Race in 2019, SquatchFest, and the Unique Tin Car Show, Longview knows how to have a good time and not to take itself too seriously. When its residents are not participating in fun annual events, they are enjoying life in the great Pacific Northwest fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, biking, and hiking.
Port of Longview
The Port of Longview has 8 marine terminals and waterfront industrial property spanning 835 acres on the deep-draft Columbia River, just 66 miles from the Pacific Ocean. This strategic location, a program of unique cargo services, an outstanding workforce and fully equipped marine operations make it a reliable choice for all your cargo-handling needs. By supporting growth, it creates a positive economic ripple that strengthens the local community.
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A Planned City
In 1922, R.A. Long of the Long-Bell Lumber Company purchased nearly 14,000 acres of land with the intent of creating a planned city to support the world’s largest sawmill. The City was designed and built for families and industry together.
Home to Industry
As the “Planned City” Longview continues to meld the historic with the present in both growth and industry. Though the Long-Bell Mill has been gone for a long time, Longview has become home to many prominent companies such as Weyerhaeuser, WestRock, J.H. Kelly, Nippon Dynawave Packaging, NORPAC and more.
Live, Work, Play
Cowlitz County has a strong business environment, centrally located within Washington, with access to a range of transportation alternatives, giving your business an affordable advantage.
As the main source of industrial property in Cowlitz County, our three ports have both the infrastructure and expertise needed for successful development.
Cowlitz County has something for everyone – biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, sports, festivals, arts, theater and so much more!