Downtown Centralia is the home of the nationally known Anchor Festival the weekend after Memorial Day. The Annual KCBS sanctioned Anchor City Cook Off in October, the annual lighted Tractor Christmas Parade in December and other activities throughout the year.
Growing population 1994 - 3,550; 2010 - 4,192.
Nine county labor market area drawing from a civilian labor force of 201,493.
Over 20 churches welcoming many faiths.
Home of the oldest public flower garden in Boone County-Chance Gardens. The adjoining rose garden contains 450 varieties of roses.
Centralia RVI School District has been accredited with Distinction in Performance for the last 8 out of 10 years and the last 5 out of 5 years. The student teacher ratio is 1/17 and the student per computer ratio is 1.83. The district offers excellent programs in Agriculture Education, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Art, Student Leadership and Athletics.
Sixty acres of public parks which include a public swimming pool, newly renovated baseball fields, tennis courts, modern basketball courts, picnic facilities with new shelters, skate park, and state of the art playground equipment. The Centralia Recreation Center at Bicentennial Park offers programs for all ages including classes and recreational sports.
Rich Civil War history with reenactments sanctioned by the Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association.
Visit the two murals in beautiful downtown Centralia depicting many aspects of the "Prairie Queens" proud history.
Certified Tree City USA
Close to recreation lakes, including Tri-City Lake just 5 miles west of town. Mark Twain Lake 30 minutes north and Lake of the Ozarks 90 miles south.
Shopping in Centralia offers a unique experience from antiques to quality apparel, gifts, appliances, electronics and cars in both a vibrant downtown district and a Highway 22 district.
Additional shopping, dining, and entertainment are less than 30 minutes away in either Columbia, MO or Mexico, MO.
Centralia is home of the largest manufacturer in Boone County the A.B. Chance Company, a subsidiary of Hubbell Power Systems.
Centralia is served by one medical clinics and two dentists. More information on local business and chamber members can be found here.
Quality of life is unmatched by any community anywhere.