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Central Area District

Welcome to the Central Area District!

The Central Area is one of Seattles 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 citys 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 demographics58 percent of the residents today are whitemany 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 Areas the place to be!

View map of Central Area District

Central Area 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.


Central Area District Neighborhoods

  • Squire Park
  • Leschi
  • 23rd & Jackson Business District
  • Madrona
  • 12th Avenue Neighborhood
  • Colman
  • Jackson Place
  • Jackson Street Corridor Business District
  • Madison Valley
  • Union Street Business District

Neighborhood Resources

Central District

Neighborhood District Coordinators
This team supports all Central Region districts.

Christa Dumpys
Laurie Ames
(206) 684-0320

Yun Pitre
Yun Pitre
(206) 386-1924

Tim Durkan
Tim Durkan
(206) 684-4054


Current District Council Chair:

Bill Zosel, 329-3986

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