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Welcome to Centralia ...

The city of Centralia is located in Lewis County<1>.

The pronunciation of Centralia: sen-TRAY-leeuh<2>

When the people of Centralia refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Centralian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Centralia has a population of 17,725 people<4> (see below for details).

Centralia was established in 1852.

The community of Centralia is 160 feet [49 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Centralia lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Centralia lies within the (360) area code.

The ZIP code for Centralia: 98531<6>

Websites for Centralia ...

Official Website: www.cityofcentralia.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Centralia had an population of 17,725 people. This is an increase of 8.5% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 20.23% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Centralia had a population of 16,336 people (or 21.65% of the total population of Lewis County). This makes Centralia the county's most populous community.

The population of Centralia represents 0.24% of the total population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 61st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 16,336 people, the population of Centralia increased 10.81% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 14,742 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Centralia.

Communities Also Named Centralia ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 16 communities that are also named Centralia - they are located in California, Florida (2), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas (2), Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Centralia.

Communities near Centralia ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Centralia.

  • Rainier [Thurston County]
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    • Rainier [Thurston County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the northeast of Centralia
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,350 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainier<8>
  • Napavine [Lewis County]
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    • Napavine [Lewis County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the south of Centralia
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,042 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Napavine<8>
  • Tenino [Thurston County]
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    • Tenino [Thurston County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the northeast of Centralia
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,867 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tenino<8>
  • Winlock [Lewis County]
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    • Winlock [Lewis County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the south of Centralia
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,490 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winlock<8>
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    • Toledo [Lewis County]
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      • Toledo [Lewis County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the south of Centralia
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 785 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Toledo<8>
    • Oakville [Grays Harbor County]
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      • Oakville [Grays Harbor County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the northwest of Centralia
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 697 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oakville<8>
    • Pe Ell [Lewis County]
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      • Pe Ell [Lewis County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southwest of Centralia
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 683 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pe Ell<8>
    • Bucoda [Thurston County]
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      • Bucoda [Thurston County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Centralia
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 591 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bucoda<8>
    • Claquato [Lewis County]
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      • Claquato [Lewis County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<7> to the southwest of Centralia
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    • Adna [Lewis County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Centralia. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Centralia.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Centralia. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Centralia.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Centralia. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Centralia.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Centralia ...

Looking for more information about Centralia? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Centralia, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Centralia.

Adding Centralia to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Centralia in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Centralia was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Centralia

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Centralia on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Centralia: www.cityofcentralia.com/

The official website for Lewis County: www.co.lewis.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: https://access.wa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Lewis, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Centralia. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Centralia refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Centralia may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Centralia.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Centralia - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Centralia). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Centralia or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Centralia) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Centralia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CentraliaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Centralia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.7165, Longitude: -122.9555    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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