Hilltop derives its name from its location on a high bluff overlooking Commencement Bay and Downtown Tacoma. Historically, it has been a neighborhood that has seen heavy cultural rotation starting with Norwegian and Italian immigrants and later becoming a hub for Tacoma's African-American population. Many of the main streets are named after prominent African-American leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. and local pastor, Earnest S. Brazill.
In the 1980's and 90's, Hilltop became well-known for gang violence and drug trafficking. Unfortunately, this dark period in the neighborhood's history quickly overshadowed decades of Hilltop being known as a place for families and small business. In recent years, the City of Tacoma and countless community groups have put forth massive efforts to transform Hilltop back into a safe, culturally-diverse neighborhood.
Hilltop is one of the key focuses of the City of Tacoma's subarea plan. By 2022 the Link Light Rail will run down the main corridor of MLK, connecting its residents to Downtown Tacoma, Stadium, and the transit center in the Dome District. Additionally, plans for many large mixed-income housing developments are in the works. These housing projects paired with new restaurant and business additions should result in a neighborhood that is safe, walkable and equitable.
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Population: Roughly 12,000
Diversity: 41% White, 30% Black, 12%, 7% Latino, Asian, 3% Native American, 1% Pacific Islander, 6% Other.
Median Income: $33,018
Median House Value: $188,781
Hilltop Business District
Meetings: 8AM at Allen AME on 3rd Thursday of each month (1223 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405)
City Council Representative
Keith Blocker, Position 3