Longview is situated in the southwestern corner of Washington State. About 36,000 residents call Longview home. The city is nestled at the convergence of the Columbia and Cowlitz Rivers and occupies about 14 square miles. Interstate 5 runs through Longview. Located near Portland, Oregon, and 135 miles south of Seattle, Washington, Longview is linked to Rainier, Oregon, by the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Longview residents and visitors can reach the Pacific Ocean to the west within 90 minutes of driving. If heading east, they can enjoy the Cascade Mountains. On clear days, the volcanic Mount St. Helens can be easily viewed from Longview.
The city of Longview has eight public elementary schools, three public middle schools, and two public high schools. When it comes to higher education, Longview is served by Lower Columbia College, the oldest junior college still in operation in Washington State. More than 7,000 students are enrolled in one of the college's more than 50 professional/technical training programs, and most professional/technical graduates are employed within nine months of completing their schooling.
Longview has been traditionally known for its timber and manufacturing capabilities, but the forward-thinking city has helped pave the way for expanded economic development to help grow the economy and stabilize the tax base. For example, construction has recently been completed for the 180-acre Mint Farm Industrial Park. Zoned for heavy and light industry, the industrial park is easily accessible to railways, water and air transport, and the major freeway in the area, Interstate 5.
Longview is supported by a variety of manufacturing companies, which benefit from Longview's access to major transportation. Some of the largest employers in the area are Weyerhaeuser and Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc., both of which benefit from the abundance of timber in the Longview area. Other major manufacturers include newsprint company NORPAC, liquid packaging company Pacific Lamination, hydrogen-peroxide manufacturer Solvay Chemicals, and chlorine and caustic soda manufacturing company EquaChlor.
One of the most unique aspects of Longview is its downtown area, which offers a variety of shopping and dining options and galleries. The Longview Downtowners is a nonprofit organization that was created to help promote, preserve, and enhance the downtown experience for visitors and residents alike. The organization assists in street beautification projects, economic development, and pedestrian safety.
In general, Longview is a very vibrant area. There are 12 neighborhoods in the city that offer a variety of homes, from fixer-uppers to new homes that run more than $1 million. Settings for homes include acreage, city views, waterfront and mountain views:
There are a number of recreational organizations and activities available to residents and visitors of Longview:
For residents and visitors who enjoy winter fun, Longview hosts an annual Christmas Parade and Civic Center Lighting Festival every December.