Centralia is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,655 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Centralia is the 185th largest community in Illinois.
Centralia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Centralia is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Centralia who work in office and administrative support (13.44%), sales jobs (8.87%), and healthcare (7.15%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Centralia spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.82 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of Centralia are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.26% of adults in Centralia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Centralia in 2010 was $21,200, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,800 for a family of four. However, Centralia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Centralia is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Centralia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Centralia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Centralia include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Centralia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.