Atlantic is the northernmost neighborhood of the Rainier Valley, and is located between Mount Baker Ridge and Beacon Hill. Atlantic is located in the Central District of east-central Seattle, though it may also be considered part of South Seattle and the Rainier Valley. Atlantic contains the Judkins Park neighborhood.
Atlantic is triangular, bounded on the north by E Yesler Way, on the east by Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, and on the west by Rainier Avenue S.
Judkins Park is rectangular within Atlantic, bounded on the south by Interstate 90, and on the west by 20th Avenue S. Judkins Park contains two baseball fields, a soccer field, a playground, and a small water park.
As part of the Central Area (now the Central District), Atlantic is part of Seattle’s oldest residential neighborhoods.
The neighborhood suffered greatly during the 1960s through the early 1990s with various disruptions and the widening of Interstate 90 that wiped out a large number of homes in the area and divided the west of the neighborhood. It was not until the 1990s that large-scale development started again in the area.
Judkins is an area of racial diversity. In the 1990s, it was estimated that 55% of the population was African American, 22% Asian American and Pacific Islander American, and 18% White American.