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, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Centralia who work in office and administrative support (12.57%), food service (9.05%), and healthcare (7.84%).
One of the benefits of Centralia is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.54 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Centralia rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.99% of adults 25 and older in Centralia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Centralia in 2010 was $20,590, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,360 for a family of four.
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.