Central Area

Located south of Capitol Hill, Central Area extends east to MLK Way(Martin Luther King Way). Its close proximity to the floating bridges and downtown has prompted real estate agents, developers and home buyers to “rediscover” Central Area. The neighborhood contains mostly single family homes, but new businesses are expanding the commercial district at 23rd and Jackson. Central Area is home to Swedish Medical Center/Providence Campus, and the Seattle Vocational Institute. The local high school, Garfield, produces a majority of Seattle’s National Merit Scholars. Central Area supports the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, and the Northwest African American Museum, all which offer educational and artistic programs. The popular Central Area Community Festival & Parade is held in August.