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La Center, Washington
Location of La Center, Washington
Location of La Center, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Clark
 • Total 1.28 sq mi (3.32 km2)
 • Land 1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,800
 • Estimate (2015) 3,125
 • Density 2,204.7/sq mi (851.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 98629
Area code 360
FIPS code 53-36710
GNIS feature ID 1512361
Website City of La Center

La Center is a town in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 2,800 at the 2010 census. The city is home to four card rooms / casinos which allow gambling on card games and poker, but not slots. The four casinos are the Last Frontier, The New Phoenix, Chips and Palace.


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. (Washington - A guide to the Evergreen State, WPA American Guide Series, Washington State Historical Society, 1941).


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). 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 288
1920 167 −42.0%
1930 219 31.1%
1940 193 −11.9%
1950 204 5.7%
1960 244 19.6%
1970 300 23.0%
1980 439 46.3%
1990 451 2.7%
2000 1,654 266.7%
2010 2,800 69.3%
Est. 2015 3,125 11.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

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

As of the census 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.

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