The City of Centerville and its city hall are located on Highway 21 in Reynolds County. The nearby Black River attracts local visitors as well as tourists from all over the state for camping, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission works with Centerville in the area of economic development.
According to the 2010 census, Mayor Stanley Barton and the four-member city council serve a population of 191 citizens. Centerville is served by the County Sheriff's office and a volunteer Fire Department.
In 2010, Reynolds County reported a per capita income of $20,082. The unemployment rate of Reynolds County in 2015 was 6.4 percent, with an available workforce of 1,302. Only 234 people in Reynolds County are unemployed, with 1,302 having gainful employment. The average hourly wage for the county, as of 2010, is $11.85 per hour. The county's major employers are The Doe Run Mining Company, a hard rock mining company with approximately 500 employees, Baker Enterprises, a lumber mill equipment manufacturer, with 40 employees; Lesterville School, with 75 employees; Reynolds County Memorial Hospital, with 65 workers; and Advanced Healthcare with 50 employees.
Black River Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Fredericktown, MO, provides electric power for Centerville. The city provides water for its residents from its own ground well. Telephone service is obtained from Century Link, headquartered in Marion, LA. Internet service is available from two local ISPs.
Residents of Centerville receive medical services from physicians in Ellington, Salem, Farmington, and Poplar Bluff. There is a 29-bed hospital in the county.
Centerville students attend elementary and middle school in town. High School students travel to either Lesterville or Ellington High Schools.The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff ; Fall 2015 enrollment was 3,226. Arcadia Valley Technical School, the nearest public tech facility located in Ironton, has a current enrollment of 308 students. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2011, enrollment for the university was 11,502 students.
Residents in Reynolds County travel Missouri Highways 72, 21, A, and 32. It is 50 miles to the nearest four-lane thoroughfare and 80 miles to the interstate.
Piedmont Airport, located 50 miles away, is the nearest public airport. It has a one-half mile long paved and lighted runway. Private aircraft storage and aviation fuel are available. The nearest commercial airport is Rolla/Vichy National Airport in Rolla, MO.
Residents do not have a financial institution with City Limits and worship at either the Catholic church or two Protestant churches. Centerville has a weekly newspaper.
Average temperatures for the area range from 25 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 86 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average annual precipitation is 33 inches.
The city is represented by State Representative Jeff Pogue (R) in the 143rd District and 3rd District State Senator Gary Romine (R). U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Centerville in the Eighth Congressional District.