A growing number of Asian and African immigrants and refugees have recently settled in the neighborhood. Many of these populations do not speak English as their primary language.
Also located in the neighborhood is Yesler Terrace, one of Seattle’s 26 low-income public housing communities. Built in 1939, Yesler Terrace was Washington State’s first public housing development and the first integrated public housing development in the United States. Described as Seattle Housing Authority’s “most urban family community,” it is a vibrant community rich with cultural and ethnic diversity. All 1,200 residents of Yesler Terrace live at or below the poverty level. In addition, nearly 90% of the residents of Yesler Terrace are members of racial-ethnic minority groups or mixed race and 40% of the residents of Yesler Terrace are youth under the age of 18 years.