A historic town boasting lively residents with luxurious amenities to match.

Overview for BALLARD, WA

36,365 people live in BALLARD, where the median age is 39.9 and the average individual income is $74,563. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

39.9 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

Welcome to Ballard

With a stunning view of the Puget Sound mountains, the gorgeous Salmon Bay to the south, and situated northwest of bustling downtown Seattle, Ballard is a beautiful place to call home. Residents love being close to several desirable neighborhoods while enjoying the walkable nature of their own. Commuting to other communities is a breeze, schools are top-rated, and the neighborhood’s history runs deep.

While immigrants from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland settled throughout Seattle in the late 19th century, Ballard is most closely associated with Nordic and Scandinavian heritage. Ballard became the “Shingle Capital of The World” in 1898 by producing 322 million wooden shingles, bringing significant development to the area. Ballard became an incorporated city in 1980. This thriving community retains its heritage today and is known as a trendy, upscale center for young professionals and families, where locals enjoy outdoor spaces and a lively Old Town center year-round.

What to Love

  • Local culture at the famous Hiram M. Chittenden-Ballard Locks

  • Ample microbreweries and taprooms in the Ballard Brewery District

  • Boutiques and home decor shops outside of the downtown core


Local Lifestyle ​​​​​​​

What sets Ballard apart from neighboring Seattle communities is the ability to avoid the crowds downtown while still having plenty of things to do. There are plenty of tasty restaurants and events to fill one’s social calendar here. Being one of the most walkable neighborhoods means locals take to the streets to enjoy its nearly 200 eateries and dozens of shops.

Taking a stroll along the waterside park, delighting in a fantastic meal, or sampling the best locally-produced microbrews are just some of the daily luxuries that Ballard life affords. There is always something new to discover around the corner in this charming enclave.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Restaurants run the gamut in Ballard. The Mediterranean eats and finely crafted cocktails at Stoneburner mesh seamlessly with its sophisticated, wood-paneled surroundings. Share a memorable dining experience with your love at Ristorante Picolinos, staring deeply into each other’s eyes while savoring tender veal saltimbocca and decadent cannoli. When in need of a quick snack and a strong drink, stop by Bar Sabine. Head to Ballard Brewery District to explore more than 10 craft breweries within a one-mile radius.

From unique jewelry to urban apparel, shopping along historic Ballard Avenue is a surefire way to fill your closet with conversation starters. Thrifters and vintage clothing lovers head to Gold Dogs to browse its repurposed apparel and fine leather goods. You can spend hours browsing the artwork, furnishings, light fixtures, and housewares at Ballard Consignment Store.

Things to Do

Art, eats, parades, and more — locals have ample opportunities to get out and enjoy their community. Spot neighbors as you stock up on handmade and locally-grown produce from the 100+ vendors at the Ballard Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings. 

Get an in-depth look into Ballard’s intricate history, art, and culture with a trip to the National Nordic Museum. Another important aspect of being a Ballard resident is visiting the iconic Hiram M. Chittenden-Ballard Locks to explore the museum and theaters, learn about salmon in the Fish Ladder Education Center, wander through the botanical garden, and feast your ears during summer concerts. When in need of some fresh air and a peaceful moment, locals head to Golden Gardens Park to bask in panoramic Puget Sound and mountain views.

Given the multitude of festivals and events, community participation and pride come easily. Support your local artist community by visiting the Ballard ArtWalk, relishing various events, and browsing participating venues. Bring your kids and your appetite to the summer SeafoodFest, where you’ll enjoy craft beer, local restaurant offerings, live music, and more. 




Demographics and Employment Data for BALLARD, WA

BALLARD has 14,802 households, with an average household size of 2.44. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in BALLARD do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 36,365 people call BALLARD home. The population density is 9,389.56 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

50.41 / 49.59%

Men vs Women

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
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Schools in BALLARD, WA

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The following schools are within or nearby BALLARD. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
Greenwood Elementary School
PreK - 5th
North Beach Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Whittier Elementary School
K - 5th
Salmon Bay K-8 School
K - 8th
Ballard High School
9th - 12th
Loyal Heights Elementary School
K - 5th
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Whitman Middle School
6th - 8th
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