Centralia, Pennsylvania

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Population in 2012: 10 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -52.4%
Males: (50.0%)
Females: (50.0%)
Median resident age:  62.5 years
Pennsylvania median age:  40.1 years

Zip code: 17927

Estimated median household income in 2012: $32,423 (it was $23,750 in 2000)
Centralia:

$32,423
PA:

$51,230
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,633 (it was $16,083 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $101,061 (it was $65,000 in 2000)
Centralia:

$101,061
PA:

$163,800
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $91,345; Detached houses: $63,239; Townhouses or other attached units: $119,451
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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Centralia: 161.4 (very high, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (100.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1500 feet

Land area: 0.24 square miles.

Population density: 42 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).
Centralia, Pennsylvania map

For population 25 years and over in Centralia:

  • High school or higher: 94.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 60.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Centralia borough:

  • Never married: 0.0%
  • Now married: 100.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 0.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Centralia borough:  1.0% ($650)
Pennsylvania:  1.6% ($1,552)

Centralia satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Reading, PA (38.7 miles , pop. 81,207).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Philadelphia, PA (84.1 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Aristes, PA (1.0 miles ), Ashland borough, PA (1.2 miles ), Wilburton Number Two, PA (1.3 miles) , Fountain Springs, PA (1.5 miles) , Locustdale, PA (1.6 miles) , Wilburton Number One, PA (1.6 miles ), Girardville borough, PA (1.8 miles ), Lavelle-Locustdale, PA (1.8 miles ).

Latitude: 40.80 N, Longitude: 76.34 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 570

Centralia household income distribution Centralia home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

5.6%
Pennsylvania:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -42 (-66.7%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (100%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Retail trade (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (100%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Retail trade (0%)

Average climate in Centralia, Pennsylvania

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Centralia-area historical tornado activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 7% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/18/1970, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 28.0 miles away from the Centralia borough center killed one person and injured 5 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/31/1998, a category F3 tornado 32.2 miles away from the borough center injured 7 people and caused $1 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Centralia-area historical earthquake activity is near Pennsylvania state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 36.4 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 216.4 miles away from Centralia center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 240.6 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 37.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 287.6 miles away from Centralia center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 256.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Columbia County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Depression: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Centralia topographic map

Birthplace of: Roscoe Charles Wilson - Army Air Force general, John Chapman (baseball) - Baseball player.

Hospitals and medical centers near Centralia:

  • SAINT CATHERINE MEDICAL CENTER FOUNTAIN SPRINGS (Hospital, about 3 miles away; ASHLAND, PA)
  • SAINT CATHERINE HEALTHCARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; ASHLAND, PA)
  • KINGS HOME HEALTHCARE, INC (Home Health Center, about 3 miles away; ASHLAND, PA)
  • FAMILY HOME MEDICAL (Home Health Center, about 4 miles away; MOUNT CARMEL, PA)
  • DAVITA - NORTHUMBERLAND DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; MT. CARMEL, PA)
  • BROAD MOUNTAIN NSG FRACKVILLE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; FRACKVILLE, PA)
  • BROAD MOUNTAIN NURSING AND REH (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; FRACKVILLE, PA)

Operable nuclear power plants near Centralia:

  • 19 miles: Susquehanna 1 and 2 in Berwick, PA.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Centralia:

  • McCann School of Business & Technology (about 11 miles; Pottsville, PA; Full-time enrollment: 3,412)
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (about 16 miles; Bloomsburg, PA; FT enrollment: 9,452)
  • Susquehanna University (about 28 miles; Selinsgrove, PA; FT enrollment: 2,495)
  • Bucknell University (about 31 miles; Lewisburg, PA; FT enrollment: 3,418)
  • Luzerne County Community College (about 33 miles; Nanticoke, PA; FT enrollment: 4,724)
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (about 36 miles; Kutztown, PA; FT enrollment: 9,099)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks (about 37 miles; Reading, PA; FT enrollment: 2,605)

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Notable location: Centralia Fire Company 1 (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Columbia County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2007 was 30.8. This is significantly better than average.

City:

30.8
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2007 was 0.462. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 1.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.462
U.S.:

0.303

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2007 was 5.72. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 1.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.72
U.S.:

1.93
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 0.0%
Average household size:
This borough:  2.0 people
Pennsylvania:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This borough:  60.0%
Whole state:  65.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This borough:  20.0%
Whole state:  6.6%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Centralia compared to Pennsylvania state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Centralia travel time to work - commute Centralia mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (50%)
  • Coal or coke (50%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Centralia borough (based on Columbia County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 47.46%
Here: 47.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristChristian Churches and Churches of Christ
Adherents28.3%26.7%18.4%5.4%4.0%
Congregations38.7%6.3%12.6%9.0%5.4%
NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAPresbyterian Church (USA)Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Assemblies of GodOther
Adherents2.4%2.3%2.1%1.7%8.8%
Congregations1.8%4.5%2.7%3.6%15.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Columbia County:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Columbia County:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Pennsylvania:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 22
Columbia County:

3.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 51
Here:

7.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.4%
Pennsylvania:

9.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Columbia County:

28.4%
Pennsylvania:

27.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.6%
State:

11.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll

Centralia government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,000 ($600.00)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($500.00)
    Electric Utilities: $1,000 ($100.00)
    Water Utilities: $1,000 ($100.00)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($100.00)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,000 ($100.00)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,000 ($100.00)

Centralia government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $3,000 ($300.00)
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,000 ($200.00)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,000 ($400.00)
    All Other: $1,000 ($100.00)
  • Tax - Property: $2,000 ($200.00)
    Individual Income: $1,000 ($100.00)

Centralia government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $39,000 ($3900.00)

5.13% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200534,170 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.13%
Pennsylvania average:

4.99%

0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries($171 average AGI)
Columbia County:

0.09%
Pennsylvania average:

0.12%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Luzerne County, PA  1.03% ($30,057 average AGI)
from Montour County, PA  0.53% ($31,183)
from Northumberland County, PA  0.45% ($32,324)


5.06% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200636,468 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.06%
Pennsylvania average:

5.08%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries($202 average AGI)
Columbia County:

0.05%
Pennsylvania average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Luzerne County, PA  0.87% ($30,034 average AGI)
to Montour County, PA  0.50% ($36,908)
to Northumberland County, PA  0.42% ($26,380)

Strongest AM radio stations in Centralia:

  • WPPA (1360 AM; 5 kW; POTTSVILLE, PA; Owner: POTTSVILLE BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WEEU (830 AM; 20 kW; READING, PA; Owner: WEEU BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWJZ (640 AM; 50 kW; MOUNT HOLLY, NJ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WKOK (1070 AM; 10 kW; SUNBURY, PA; Owner: SUNBURY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WVCH (740 AM; 50 kW; CHESTER, PA; Owner: WVCH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WOGY (1300 AM; 5 kW; WEST HAZLETON, PA; Owner: ENTERCOM WILKES-BARRE SCRANTON, LLC)
  • WZZD (990 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: PENNSYLVANIA MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • KYW (1060 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WPEN (950 AM; 50 kW; PHILADELPHIA, PA; Owner: GREATER PHILADELPHIA RADIO, INC.)
  • WISL (1480 AM; 1 kW; SHAMOKIN, PA; Owner: BASIC LICENSING, INC.)
  • WRKK (1200 AM; 10 kW; HUGHESVILLE, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCBM (680 AM; 50 kW; BALTIMORE, MD; Owner: WCBM MARYLAND, INC.)
  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Centralia:

  • WSPI (99.7 FM; MOUNT CARMEL, PA; Owner: H & P COMMUNICATIONS, LTD)
  • WFYY (106.5 FM; BLOOMSBURG, PA; Owner: RADIO FRIENDZ, INC.)
  • W299AF (107.7 FM; CATAWISSA, PA; Owner: SALT & LIGHT MEDIA MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WAVT-FM (101.9 FM; POTTSVILLE, PA; Owner: POTTSVILLE BROADCASTING CO.)
  • W220BE (91.9 FM; ST. CLAIR, PA; Owner: SALT & LIGHT MEDIA MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WBLJ-FM (95.3 FM; SHAMOKIN, PA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WPGM-FM (96.7 FM; DANVILLE, PA; Owner: MONTROSE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WQKX (94.1 FM; SUNBURY, PA; Owner: SUNBURY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEGH (107.3 FM; NORTHUMBERLAND, PA; Owner: SUNBURY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WBSX (97.9 FM; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W256AB (99.1 FM; POTTSVILLE, PA; Owner: TEMPLE UNIV OF COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM)
  • WLGL (92.3 FM; RIVERSIDE, PA; Owner: SUNAIR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WMGH-FM (105.5 FM; TAMAQUA, PA; Owner: J-SYSTEMS FRANCHISING CORP.)
  • WMGS (92.9 FM; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WVIA-FM (89.9 FM; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATIONAL TV ASSN.)
  • WVLY-FM (100.9 FM; MILTON, PA; Owner: MILTON-LEWISBURG BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WITF-FM (89.5 FM; HARRISBURG, PA; Owner: WITF, INC.)
  • WBHT (97.1 FM; MOUNTAIN TOP, PA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W290AC (105.9 FM; PALMERTON, PA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WQSU (88.9 FM; SELINSGROVE, PA; Owner: SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Centralia:

  • WLYH-TV (Channel 15; LANCASTER, PA; Owner: TELEVISION STATION GROUP LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • WNEP-TV (Channel 16; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WVIA-TV (Channel 44; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: NE PA ED TV ASSOCIATION)
  • WBRE-TV (Channel 28; WILKES-BARRE, PA; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, L.L.C.)
  • WYOU (Channel 22; SCRANTON, PA; Owner: MISSION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WOLF-TV (Channel 56; HAZLETON, PA; Owner: WOLF LICENSE CORP.)
  • W24BL (Channel 24; POTTSVILLE, ETC., PA; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, L.L.C.)
  • W47AO (Channel 47; BERWICK, PA; Owner: TRIPLE J COMMUNITY BROADCASTING., L.L.C.)
  • W19CI (Channel 19; BERWICK, PA; Owner: CATHOLIC BROADCASTING OF SCRANTON, INC.)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KE3W, Previous Call Sign: W3VPB, Licensee ID: L00288208
    Grant Date: 04/04/2013, Expiration Date: 07/02/2023, Certifier: Nevins A Frankel
    Registrant: Nevins A Frankel, 518 W Center St, Centralia, PA 17921

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