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Overview

Introduction to Centralia, Illinois

Centralia, Illinois, in Marion county, is 61 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri.

Centralia History

Centralia’s history has been strewn with a number of disasters and setbacks, beginning with discontinuation of the Illinois Central railroad, which was instrumental in the initial development of the town. There was a mining disaster in 1947 that killed 111 people and led to the closing of the coal mine. There was also an oil boom which did not last long enough as the oil supply exhausted in the 1950s.

Centralia and nearby Attractions

  • Carlyle Lake
  • Raccoon Creek Reservoir
  • Centralia Foundation Park
  • Greenview Golf Club
  • Fairview Park
  • Meadow Woods Country Club

Things To Do In Centralia

Foundation Park is spread over an area of 235 acres and is a scenic park that has an exercise trail, hiking trails, fishing ponds stocked with bluegill, bass and catfish and an ice skating pond. The park also has many other facilities. The historical downtown area dates back to the 1800s and has restaurants, shops and entertainment opportunities for everyone.

Centralia Transportation

Mount Vernon Airport is the nearest major airport.

Centralia Higher Education

Kaskaskia College is the local educational institution, while Southwestern Illinois College and Carbondale College are also in the area.

People

Total Population 12,798
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 19.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,065
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 42%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16%
Median Earnings25+ $25,761
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,264
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,489

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,269
% Above Poverty Level 74%
% Below Poverty Level 26%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.9%
Median Gross Rent $646
Median House Value $62,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.6%
Irish 13.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Centralia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 61 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County Marion
Standard Zip Codes 62801
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.525
Longitude -89.144

Centralia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SALEM
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 44 to 65 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.5 inches
Station CARLYLE RESERVOIR
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Station VANDALIA
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 43 to 64 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Centralia, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cravat (62801)

Finney Heights (62801)

Raccoon (62801)

Suburban Heights (62801)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Centralia Public Libraries

Library
Centralia Regional L.d.
515 E. BROADWAY
Centralia, Illinois
(618) 532-5222
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Centralia Hospitals

ST MARYS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
400 NORTH PLEASANT AVENUE
(618) 436-8000
Emergency Service: No

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Centralia High Schools

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CENTRALIA HIGH SCHOOL
1000 E 3RD ST
618-532-7391
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,076 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

CENTRALIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER
BOX 1266 SHATTUC RD
618-533-4111
A Non-traditional School
Serves 368 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 52.6

BRONSON CENTER
226 CHICAGO AVE
618-545-0126
A Special Education School
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

KASKASKIA EDUCATION CENTER
1535 W MCCORD ELM
618-532-0005
A Special Education School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.3

CENTRALIA ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
223 N BROADWAY
618-532-8465
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

SAFE SCHOOL PROGRAM CENTRALIA
226 CHICAGO AVE
618-545-0126
A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

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