The county of Cowlitz is located in Washington and was founded in 1854. There are 105,160 residents in Cowlitz who have access to courthouses in Kelso, Longview. In general, each county has a full set of courts, from traffic court to superior and appellate court; supreme courts are usually located in the state capital. Washington is part of the 9th federal circuit court as well.
There are 11,925 residents in Kelso, which is 8.5 square miles and 75ft above sea level. It was settled in 1884 and is governed by a Council-manager local government.
There are 36,648 residents in Longview, which is 14.8 square miles and 20ft above sea level. It was settled in 1850s and is governed by a Council-Manager local government.