Centralia : Washington


What It Is Like to Retire in Centralia

Retirement communities like Centralia in western Washington State offer 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 decided 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 $262,646 in late 2021, according to Zillow. There is at least 1 active adult community in town (see link at left for Stillwaters Estates).


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

The largest employer in the area, a coal mine operator, recently laid off several hundred workers. Fortunately the town's economy has been able to absorb this loss. 


Who Will Like Retirement in Centralia

Centralia attracts people who like living in the Northwest, particularly those who enjoy the outdoors and small town living.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Previously coal mining had been the biggest employer. But now construction, education, agriculture, and healthcare are taking up the slack.

Climate and Physical Environment

Centralia is in southwestern Washington, approximately 76 miles south of Seattle

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Centralia's downtown is lively with much going on. The restored Carnegie Library offers programs


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

Valuable Links

Wikipedia entry on Centralia
Washington state guide to retirement communities

City of Centralia

What people are saying about Centralia

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