La Center, Washington

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La Center
Location of La Center, Washington
Location of La Center, Washington
Coordinates: 45°51′50″N 122°40′7″W / 45.86389°N 122.66861°W / 45.86389; -122.66861Coordinates: 45°51′50″N 122°40′7″W / 45.86389°N 122.66861°W / 45.86389; -122.66861
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorGreg Thornton
 • Mayor Pro-TemElizabeth Cerveny
 • Total2.62 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Land2.59 sq mi (6.71 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
105 ft (32 m)
 • Total2,800
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,313.78/sq mi (507.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code360
FIPS code53-36710
GNIS feature ID1512361[4]
WebsiteCity of La Center

La Center is a town in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,800 at the 2010 census.[5]


In the 1870s, La Center was a business center and head of navigation on the East Fork of the Lewis River. In late summer, the regular schedules of the steamers Mascot and Walker, paddle-wheeling to Portland, were often interrupted by low water. Passengers and freight were transferred to scows, which were poled up the river or towed by horses along the bank. With the arrival of railroads and highways, La Center lost importance and lapsed into a small village serving the surrounding farming district. La Center was officially incorporated on August 27, 1909. Its population in 1940 was 192.[6]

The city is home to two card rooms or casinos which allow gambling on card games and poker, but not slots. The two casinos are the Last Frontier and Palace.


La Center is located at 45°51′50″N 122°40′7″W / 45.86389°N 122.66861°W / 45.86389; -122.66861 (45.863874, -122.668572).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.28 square miles (3.32 km2), of which, 1.27 square miles (3.29 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,404[3]21.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2015 Estimate[10]

As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $55,333, and the median income for a family was $57,375. Males had a median income of $45,893 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,224. About 3.6% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,800 people, 942 households, and 804 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,204.7 inhabitants per square mile (851.2/km2). There were 981 housing units at an average density of 772.4 per square mile (298.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.3% White, 1.0% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 942 households, of which 45.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 14.6% were non-families. 11.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the city was 36.6 years. 30.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  3. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Washington: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019". United States Census Bureau. May 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 16 September 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ Washington - A guide to the Evergreen State, WPA American Guide Series, Washington State Historical Society, 1941
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  10. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.

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