Demographics

Demographics

Population
Lewis County 76,000
Centralia 16,440
Chehalis 7,310
Napavine 1,780
Labor Force – October 2013
Civilian Labor Force 28,620
Employed 25,750
Unemployed 2,880
Unemployment Rate 10%
Average Annual Wages – 2013
Total $34,320
Manufacturing $46,864
Transportation & Warehousing $35,036
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting $32,452
Per Capita Income – 2012
Lewis County $32,056
Major Local and State Taxes – 2014
Lewis County Retail Sales Tax 7.8%
Retail Sales in most Incorporated areas 8%
State Business & Occupation Tax (most manufacturers) $.00484
Property Tax Rates average – 2010
Unincorporated Lewis County $8.99
Centralia $9.51
Chehalis $8.99
Assessed Per $1,000. Value on property

Tax Facts

No corporate income tax
No personal income tax
No inventory tax
No unitary tax

Top Private Employers, Products, # of Employees

Providence Hospital: Health Care – 750
Fred Meyer Distribution Center: Warehouse/Distribution Center – 400
Hampton Affiliates: Lumber Mill – 350
TransAlta: Energy Production/Coal Mining – 310
Cardinal Glass Corporation: Glass Manufacturing – 305

Colleges and Universities

Centralia College – 2-yr. community/technical college
Centralia College – 4-yr. business degree

Infrastructure

Airports – Chehalis Airport
Highways – Interstate 5, Highway 12 & Highway 6
Rail – Burlington Northern-Santa Fe & Union Pacific
Trucking – 45 trucking companies available

Utility Providers

Electric Power – Lewis County P.U.D. & TransAlta
Natural Gas – Puget Sound Energy & Williams
Telecommunications – Century Link, Rainier Connect, Local Access, AT&T

Incentives

Sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment, B&O tax credit for new employees, sales tax exemption on new construction or renovation, R&D tax credits, industrial revenue bonds, and customized worker training grants.

Lifestyle

Annual Precipitation – 47 inches
Median Home Cost (average sale price) – $153,000
Monthly Rental Cost (2 bedroom) – $695
Hospitals – Providence Centralia, Providence St. Peters
Parks – City, county, and state parks – 15
Golf Courses – 5
Average Annual Wage
General Totals 2002 2012 Difference % Increase 2012
(Adj for infl)
Lewis County $28,086 $34,979 $6,893 24% $27,739 Wages in Lewis County are 2/3 the state average and just over half those in King County (Seattle area)
King Co. $47,917 $66,087 $18,170 37.90% $52,408
WA State $38,243 $51,966 $13,723 35.80% $41,210
Lewis County  
Total $28,086 $34,979 $6,893 24% $27,739 Wage trends over the past 10 years show WA state and King County both increasing at a much faster pace than in Lewis County
Mfg.(#31) $35,518 $47,098 $11,580 32.60% $37,349
Ret. Trade (#44) $20,944 $24,835 $3,891 18.50% $19,694
Health Care (#62) $27,141 $40,444 $13,303 49% $32,072
King County  
Total $47,917 $66,087 $18,170 37.90% $52,408  
Mfg.(#31) $60,126 $79,047 $18,921 31.40% $62,685  
Ret. Trade (#44) $29,550 $41,212 $11,662 39.40% $32,681  
Health Care (#62) $36,242 $52,479 $16,237 44% $41,616  
Washington State  
Total $38,243 $51,966 $13,723 35.80% $41,210  
Mfg.(#31) $35,594 $69,306 $33,712 94.70% $54,961  
Ret. Trade (#44) $26,754 $32,364 $5,610 20.90% $25,665  
Health Care (#62) $32,143 $47,067 $14,924 46.40% $37,325