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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Centralia, Washington

Living in Centralia in western Washington State offers the opportunity to live in the fast-growing northwest without the high price tag of Portland or Seattle. Centralia has about 15,000 people, a decidedly small town feel, and an interesting historic district. The Olympic Club Hotel is located within the city's Historic District. Centralia College has over 1,000 students. Centralia is located between Seattle and Portand (OR).

Where to Retire in Centralia and Home Prices

Baby boomers looking to make Centralia their retirement community will find median home value to be $369,208 in late 2022, according to Zillow. There is at least 1 active adult community in town (see link at top)

What Is Special about Centralia

The Olympic Club Hotel is the centerpiece of the city's Historic District. Tower Street has a number of interesting antique shops.  It has a  fully restored train depot, a Carnegie Library (located in Washington Park),  Many historically representative murals attract visitors.

What Is Not Special about Centralia

Both the crime rate and the unemployment rate are a little higher than the national average. The nearest major airport is in Seattle, about 75 miles away.

Climate and Physical Environment

Centralia is in southwestern Washington, approximately 75 miles south of Seattle.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Centralia's downtown is lively with much going on. The restored Carnegie Library offers programs, and there are historical sites to visit.


Crime is above average, although it is in a downward trend.

Medical Facilities

Providence Centralia Hospital.


Amtrak offers service to Seattle and San Francisco. Olympia Airport is 18 miles away with some carrier operations. Seattle and Portland airports are within a reasonable drive. Centralia is considered a walkable and bikeable community.

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