In city planning, a Central City is the largest or most important city or cities of a metropolitan area, of which the other smaller cities and towns of the metropolitan area are suburbs. A central city is usually the first settlement established in an urban region before the outlying districts came into existence, later in history. Central cities often form the regional downtowns of metro areas.
Central City may also refer to:
- A central business district
- The urban core of a Prefecture-level city (as opposed to the much larger region it governs)
- United States
- Central City, Arkansas
- Central City, Colorado
- Central City, Illinois
- Central City, Iowa
- Central City, Kentucky
- Central City, Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish
- Central City, New Orleans, Louisiana, a neighborhood
- Central City, Nebraska
- Central City, Pennsylvania
- Central City, Phoenix, urban village
- Central City, South Dakota
- Central City Shopping Centre, a shopping mall and office tower complex in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
- Central City (building), a bus terminal with hotel and shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea
- Central City (DC Comics), the home of the second version of the superhero the Flash
- Central City (Spirit), the home of another comics character, the Spirit
- Central City, the home of Marvel Comics character Mister Fantastic
- Central City, the capital city in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
- Central City, a main city in the anime Fullmetal Alchemist
- Central City (manga), by Saya, previously published by Studio Ironcat
- Central City (Sonic the Hedgehog), a capital in the Sonic the Hedgehog videogame series
- Central City (Tin Man), the capital of the Outer Zone in the 2007 Sci Fi television miniseries Tin Man
- Central City, the home of the human allies of the Autobots in The Transformers.
- Central City, the future capital of Earth in 1960s Doctor Who stories
- Central City May Rise Again, an album by The Cape May
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