After years of being a “sleepy” neighborhood, Ballard has been changing and growing. People are moving in, attracted to both Ballard’s heritage as well as its growing, urban vitality. We are undertaking a coordinated and strategic planning effort to create positive outcomes for the changes Ballard is experiencing.
Rich in character and heritage, the Ballard Hub Urban Village is a dynamic neighborhood with nearly 10,100 residents and 5,100 jobs. It is the center of a vibrant and engaged residential, business, and manufacturing community. Originally the home and workplace of Scandinavian fishermen, mill workers, and boat builders, Ballard has been known as a blue-collar enclave with strong Nordic ties, maritime atmosphere, senior population, and historic downtown.
Over the last decade, the neighborhood’s diverse, affordable housing and walkable streets have made it a magnet for younger people including families with children. Recent changes have been significant and the future promises more. Highlights of changes in Ballard over the past ten years:
The Urban Village is younger and more densely populated.
The greater Ballard District is younger and more diverse.
Jobs did not grow as rapidly as population, and there are different jobs now.