Centralia, WA


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Centralia is a medium-sized city located in the state of Washington. With a population of 16,753 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Centralia is the 64th largest community in Washington.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Centralia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.17%), sales jobs (9.95%), and food service (8.54%).

The citizens of Centralia are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.86% of adults in Centralia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Centralia in 2010 was $19,156, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,624 for a family of four. However, Centralia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Centralia is a very 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 Asian. Centralia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.12% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Centralia include Irish, English, Norwegian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Centralia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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