Central Ward is the heart of Newark. It was initially populated by Connecticut Puritans, became for a time primarily Jewish, and is currently primarily African-American.

It is bordered roughly by Avon Avenue on the south (south ward), Orange St. on the north (north ward), Ironbound (also known as the east ward) on the east, the west ward and the city of Irvington on the west.

It includes Downtown, University Heights, Clinton Hill (Upper Clinton Hill), Springfield/Belmont, and an unnamed residential area to the north of Avon Avenue, the south of South Orange Avenue, the east of Irvington, and the west of Bergen Street.

Coordinates: 40°43′44″N 74°10′59″W / 40.72889°N 74.18306°W / 40.72889; -74.18306