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Ballard District

Welcome to the Ballard District!

Ballard is one of 13 neighborhood districts in the city. The District can be described as that area of northwest Seattle north of the Ship Canal to NW 110th Street and generally west of 8 Ave NW to Puget Sound. Current estimates put the Ballard districts population at 48,000 persons. The District contains a number of business/commercial centers.

The Ballard District is home to a sizeable industrial area notably along and parallel to the Salmon Bay waterfront. The Port of Seattle operates three maritime facilities in the Ballard District including Fishermens Terminal, the Maritime Industrial Center, and Shilshole Bay Marina. The US Army Corps of Engineers operate the Ballard Locks including the adjoining fish ladder and gardens which draw approximately 1.5 million visitors a year.

Ballards historic district, (officially Ballard Avenue Landmarks District) is the former main street of the City of Ballard. It can be described as the four blocks along Ballard Avenue immediately south of NW Market Street. The Ballard Civic Center is a defined area in downtown Ballard immediately north of NW Market Street. The Civic Center was a concept which evolved from the neighborhood planning effort in the late 1990s which concentrates public services in support of anticipated dense private development within the surrounding area. Public investments in the Civic Center include the Ballard Commons Park and the Ballard Library/Neighborhood Service Center.


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Ballard District Demographics

*Note: The estimates in these tabulations are for combinations of census tracts roughly corresponding with Neighborhood Districts and do not reflect exact Neighborhood District boundaries.  A map showing the Census Tracts included is provided after the tables within each pdf.

Ballard District Neighborhoods

  • Blue Ridge
  • Olympic Manor
  • North Beach
  • Crown Hill
  • Whittier Heights
  • Loyal Heights
  • Sunset Hill
  • East Ballard
  • Central Ballard
  • Seaview
  • Shilshole Liveaboard Community
  • West Woodland

Neighborhood Resources

Salmon Bay

Neighborhood District Coordinators
This team supports all North Region districts.

Thomas Whittemore
Thomas Whittemore
(206) 684-4096

Karen Ko
Karen Ko
(206) 233-3732

Christa Dumpys
(206) 684-4812


Ballard District Council Web Site
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Current Chair: Kirk Robbins, 784-1742

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