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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,696
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens20.3%
Employed Population 16+5,050
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married42.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.8%
Median Earnings25+$26,123
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,352
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,012

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,486
% Above Poverty Level72.4%
% Below Poverty Level27.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$596
Median House Value$61,900

Ancestry

German26.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.3%
Irish10.7%
English8.2%
Italian2.9%
Polish2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Dutch1.5%
Scottish0.9%
Welsh0.9%
Czech0.4%
Russian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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Centralia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marion County
Standard Zip Codes62801
Phone Area Codes618
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.52
Approximate Longitude-89.12

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)

StationSALEM
Distance13.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 37 F
Apr Temp44 to 65 F
Jul Temp68 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.5 inches
StationCARLYLE RESERVOIR
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches
StationVANDALIA
Distance30.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 35 F
Apr Temp43 to 64 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp43 to 67 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hoffman486$54,375
Irvington758$70,625
Odin1,074$51,786

Centralia Public Libraries

Centralia Regional Library District
515 EAST BROADWAY AVENUE
Centralia, Illinois
(618) 532-5222

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Centralia Hospitals

St Marys Hospital
(Non-profit)
400 North Pleasant Avenue
(618) 436-8000

Centralia Public Schools

Bronson Center
226 Chicago Ave
ZIP: 62801
(618) 545-0126
Other
Total Enrollment 56
Central City Elem School
129 Douglas St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-9521
Primary
Total Enrollment 292
Centralia Alternative School
1000 E 3rd St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-8465
High
Total Enrollment 34
Centralia High School
2100 E Calumet St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-7391
High
Total Enrollment 922
Centralia Jr High School
900 S Pine St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-1907
Middle
Total Enrollment 524
Centralia Pre-kindergarten Ctr
422 S Elm St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-1907
Primary
Total Enrollment 36
Field Kindergarten Center
1101 S Locust St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-1907
Primary
Total Enrollment 173
Grand Prairie Elem School
21462 N Richview Ln
ZIP: 62801
(618) 249-6289
Primary
Total Enrollment 80
Jordan Elem School
311 Airport Rd
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-1907
Primary
Total Enrollment 247
Kaskaskia Education Center
2100 E Calumet St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-4721
High
Total Enrollment 4
Lincoln Elem School
501 N Elm St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-1907
Middle
Total Enrollment 149
North Wamac Grade School
1500 Case St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-1826
Primary
Total Enrollment 130
Raccoon Cons Elem School
3601 State Route 161
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-7329
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Safe School Program Centralia
1000 E 3rd St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 548-3885
High
Total Enrollment 13
Schiller Elem School
800 W 4th St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-1907
Primary
Total Enrollment 210
Willow Grove Elem School
815 W 7th St
ZIP: 62801
(618) 532-3313
Primary
Total Enrollment 192

Centralia Private Schools

Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School
9545 Shatuc Rd
ZIP: 62801
Secondary
Total Enrollment 103
New Horizon Christian School
12 Greenview Church Rd
ZIP: 62801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 111
St Mary School
424 E Broadway
ZIP: 62801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
Trinity Lutheran School
203 S Pleasant Ave
ZIP: 62801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 118
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