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Centralia, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Centralia had a population of 16,985 as of July 1, 2018. Centralia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Centralia is located at latitude 46.7231 and longitude -122.9696 in Lewis County. The formal boundaries for the City of Centralia (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Lewis County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 187 feet.

The City of Centralia (GNIS ID: 2409429) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Centralia is located within Centralia-Chehalis Division of Lewis County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Centralia: Centerville, Skookumchuck.

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Centralia, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 16,985
Population in Households 16,754
Population in Familes 12,665
Population in Group Qrtrs 231
Population Density2 2,269
Diversity Index3 53


Median Household Income $39,308
Average Household Income $53,783
Per Capita Income $21,685


Total Housing Units 7,539 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,629 (48.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,259 (43.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 650 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $175,280
Average Home Value $199,242


Total Households 6,889
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 4,161
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.33% 0.59%
Households 0.31% 0.58%
Families 0.73% 0.53%
Median Household Income   2.13%
Per Capita Income   2.47%

Centralia, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Centralia to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 81 87th
Population Density # 134 79th
Diversity Index # 170 73rd
Median Household Income # 555 12th
Per Capita Income # 555 12th

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