Welcome to the Central District!
The Central Area is one of Seattle’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. Bounded to the north by East Madison Street, Interstate 90 to the south, Rainier Avenue/12th Avenue South to the west, and Lake Washington to the east, the city’s African-American, Jewish, Japanese and Filipino communities all have deep roots in the Central Area.
From the 1960s and into the 1990s, African-Americans made up the majority of the population and despite a shift in demographics—58 percent of the residents today are white—many African-American-based institutions remain. They include the Northwest African-American Museum, the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Douglass-Truth Library, and the Medgar Evers Pool. The local high school, Garfield High School, boasts among its attendees and alums, music legends Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, New York Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki, Olympic Ski Gold Medalist Debbie Armstrong and Baskin & Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins.
If you value history and diversity, the Central Area’s the place to be!
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Central 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.