- For its Earth Two equivalent, see Starling City (Earth-Two).
- For its Earth Thirty-Eight equivalent, see Star City (Earth Thirty-Eight).
- For its Earth-X equivalent, see Star City (Earth-X).
- "I know that this city has been through tough times before, and we have pulled through. We survived the Undertaking. We survived the Siege. We survived the Outbreak, and somehow, someway, we will survive this. A friend of mine told me that living in Star City, it takes a special kind of tenacity, but we do live here, because this is our home. This is our home! It is our friend, our family, our lives, and we will not throw those precious gifts away by descending into chaos. We will look to each other for hope."
- —Oliver Queen to the people of the city[src]
Star City, formerly known as Starling City, is a major city in the United States. It was founded 140 years before 2017, in approximately 1877. It is home to several important businesses and corporations such as Queen Consolidated, Palmer Technologies, and Merlyn Global Group. Despite being a thriving metropolis, Star City is rife with poverty, crime, and corruption. It is mentioned to have a population of 576,000 people, though this number has presumably fluctuated following several terrorist attacks on the city. It is located approximately 600 miles from Central City. Although the exact location of the city is unknown, a map with Star City indicated it's located near San Francisco, CA, USA.
Initially, the city was named Starling City. However, following his takeover of Queen Consolidated, Ray Palmer wished to have the city rebranded as "Star City" in an attempt to rejuvenate its populace after the events of the Glades Earthquake and the subsequent invasion of Slade Wilson's army. After Ray Palmer's apparent death following a further terrorist attack by Ra's al Ghul, the city was rechristened as Star City in his honor.
- Queen Consolidated: The head business of Star City, Queen Consolidated was founded and led by Robert Queen until his death in 2007. The company was then led by Moira Queen's new husband and friend of Robert, Walter Steele, until his kidnapping by Malcolm Merlyn in 2012. The company was then taken over by Moira until the fulfillment of the Undertaking when she was arrested. In the following months, Queen Consolidated suffered from backlash, losing much of its influence and interest until it was at the point of potentially facing bankruptcy. Stellmoor International's vice president of acquisitions, Isabel Rochev, sought to buyout Queen Consolidated, which would result in the firing of all its employees, but the company was saved with Walter's help. Eventually, Isabel was able to manipulate Oliver Queen into signing over control of the company to her, allowing her to secure and render it bankrupt. Following Isabel's death, Ray Palmer bought the company and rebranded it as Palmer Technologies.
- Palmer Technologies: In 2014, Ray Palmer took over Queen Consolidated and rebranded it as Palmer Technologies. He began using it to build his A.T.O.M. Exosuit for future vigilante activities.
- Kord Industries: One of the branches of Kord Industries is located in Star City. It has been the target of numerous criminals hoping to steal some of its devices.
- Table Salt: A high-profile restaurant in Star City that opened in late 2012.
- Lord Mesa Bakery: For Oliver Queen's 32nd birthday Felicity Smoak got a 6-year-old Green Arrow cake from the bakery.
- S.T.A.R. Labs Storage Facility: During the Mirakuru attack on Starling City, it is revealed that S.T.A.R. Labs has a storage facility in Star City, which Deathstroke targeted to steal a piece of machinery he needed in order to synthesize the Mirakuru serum. When he went to the facility, Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon were there cataloging old S.T.A.R. Labs projects and machinery, they run to the secure wing and distract Deathstroke with a light cannon that was developed by Dr. Arthur Light before his apparent termination. Deathstroke still got what he needed from the facility. It is unknown if the facility is still in operation after the death of "Harrison Wells" a.k.a The Reverse Flash (Eobard Thawne).
- SC Jitters: A café located in Star City.
- Verdant: This nightclub was built in an abandoned Queen Consolidated factory and is used as a cover for Oliver Queen's vigilante activities. Underneath Verdant was the "Arrowcave", where Team Arrow had their primary HQ. After The Undertaking, Oliver transferred ownership of Verdant to Thea Queen. After Oliver lost the company to Isabel Rochev, she approached Thea and informed her that the club was still under the ownership of Queen Consolidated and she had 72 hours to vacate the premises. Following Isabel's death and the takeover of Queen Consolidated by Ray Palmer, Thea used Malcolm Merlyn's estate money to buy the deeds of the club. Thea once again reopened Verdant as a nightclub and is still currently the owner.
- Poison: A club opened by Max Fuller.
- Deville: A club that Oliver Queen and McKenna Hall once attended, but were banned from when Mckenna took her clothes off.
Star City is plagued by crime and corruption at all levels of society, from gangs and drug dealers in the streets to corrupt corporate executives such as Adam Hunt.
Gangs and drug dealing
The two major gangs are the Chinese Triad and the Bratva (the Russian mafia), and formerly the Bertinelli family before its demise. Drug dealing has been a major concern for the police department for many years, but they have been unsuccessful in effectively dealing with the issue. The city has suffered from dangerous drug dealing from Cecil Adams, Dr. Webb, and Werner Zytle by spreading Vertigo throughout the city.
At one point, the Church of Blood gained considerable influence and power in Star City. They simultaneously managed to get Sebastian Blood elected mayor of Star City and gained control of Queen Consolidated through Isabel Rochev, and then unleashed an army of Mirakuru-enhanced soldiers on the city. However, the Church of Blood was stopped by the efforts of Team Arrow, and its leaders were imprisoned or killed.
The emerge of Tobias Church into the city sees the rise of crime in his quest to control the criminal element and the entire city.
In 2008, boxer Ted Grant began operating as a vigilante patrolling the Glades. He took on Isaac Stanzler as his protege and gained some small media attention. Their vigilante activities ended when Isaac beat a criminal he and Ted were pursuing to death.
In 2012, shipwrecked billionaire Oliver Queen returned to civilization with the purpose of saving Star City from the people poisoning it. Acting as the vigilante The Hood, Oliver dealt major blows to the criminal underworld throughout his first months causing crime rates to lower. A mentally unstable crime lord's daughter, Helena Bertinelli, also acted as a vigilante to exact revenge on her own father, destroying his criminal empire and aiming to murder him. She failed to murder him, however, and he managed to escape from her.
After the earthquake that devastated the city and the Hood's self-imposed retirement, embittered survivors formed a copycat group called the Hoods to exact vigilante vengeance on those they considered guilty of helping in the Glade's destruction. At the same time that the Hoods appeared, Starling saw the arrival of a mysterious vigilante called The Canary, who fought crimes related to misogyny. She turned out to be Sara Lance, who had long been presumed dead.
After the Undertaking, Roy Harper took to vigilantism to protect the innocent people of the Glades. Later he became an informant for The Arrow, and ultimately a member of his team, known as Arsenal.
After Sara died, Laurel Lance turned to vigilantism as well and took up the mantle of the Black Canary in place of her sister.
In May 2016 after Green Arrow publicly defeated Damien Darhk many vigilantes fought to clean up the streets of their city, inspired by the acts of the Green Arrow. This included a hockey mask wearing vigilante named Rene Ramirez who was later given the name Wild Dog once he joined Team Arrow in the fall of the same year. Also, Evelyn Sharp became a vigilante again after acting as a Black Canary copycat and was given the name Artemis once joining Team Arrow. A mysterious man in rags named Rory Regan also became a vigilante, killing people he thought were responsible for Genesis Day, as he was the last survivor of Havenrock. Regan along with the others joined Team Arrow and was given the name Ragman. A mysterious vigilante who wore ski goggles also appeared as well.
In October 2016 Curtis Holt, member of Team Arrow as tech support, turned to vigilantism after being beaten up and feeling helpless. He became the vigilante known as Mr. Terrific and provided field support for Team Arrow. Later on, the mysterious "Mr. Ski Goggles" was revealed to be a murderous avenger known simply as the Vigilante, who opposed Green Arrow's methods as ineffective.
In 2017, an anti-vigilante legislation was an issue to put restrictions on vigilante activities, however, Oliver Queen the mayor of Star City (secretly the vigilante known as Green Arrow) invoke chapter 9 of the city charter, so far 70% of the people of Star City have voted against the anti-vigilante legislation.
After Cayden James released a video to the press, displaying that Team Arrow was apparently attacking police officers (however, it was actually Cayden's men disguised as Star City police officers) this causes 100% of the people of Star City to vote in favor of the anti-vigilante legislation.
Despite the legislation being passed; the anti-vigilante has proven to be ineffective in putting limitations on the Outsiders and Team Arrow's vigilante activities.
Starling City was founded in 1910.
In 2013, the city was shaken by a corporate conspiracy known as the Undertaking, during which a Markov Device caused an earthquake in an impoverished section of the city named the Glades.
In a potential future in 2046, the city became completely ruined and seemingly deserted and it's only known inhabitant is Connor Hawke, who takes up the mantle of Green Arrow after Oliver's presumed death. At this time, the city has been overrun by the son of Slade Wilson, Grant Wilson, who takes his father's role as Deathstroke.
- Oliver Queen (impeached)
- Prescott (impeached; deceased)
- Altman (deceased)
- Sebastian Blood (deceased)
- Celia Castle (deceased)
- Ruvé Adams (deceased)
- Quentin Lance (deceased)
- Damien Darhk (altered reality; formerly; deceased)
Known deputy mayors
- Quentin Lance (formerly; became mayor after Oliver was impeached; deceased)
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- A rundown neighborhood in Starling City is seen to be located at the coordinates (47.6097N 122.3331W). In real-life Earth, these coordinates are near the Pioneer Square-Skid Road Historic District known for the Seattle Underground. The Underground was built after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and forgotten decades later, much like the subway system abandoned in Starling City.
- A letter addressed to Sebastian Blood was labeled with the ZIP code 98114. 981xx is the main ZIP Code for Seattle on our Earth.
- In Oliver Queen's Dossier, Felicity Smoak's home address states that her ZIP code is 98112. As mentioned above, 981xx is the main ZIP Code for Seattle on our Earth. The address further states that Star City is located in the state Washington.
- Star City is located approximately 600 miles from Central City.
- In the season 5 episode "" when Oliver showed his progress in tracking Adrian Chase's plane, a map of the west coast of the United States appeared, placing Star City in the approximate location of the real-world San Francisco. This is in contradiction with the evidence pointing towards Washington being Star City's location.
Behind the scenes
- In the original Green Arrow comics, the city is named "Star City." It was changed to Starling City to match with the grounded atmosphere the show was introducing. However, it was later renamed in-universe to Star City in an attempt to re-brand the city.
- While the majority of filming takes place in Vancouver, other cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Frankfurt, and Houston have been featured in various flyover scenes.
- In the first season Arrow episode "" at around 12 minutes and 10 seconds in, the Chinatown scene that flashes briefly is actually of Chinatown in San Francisco, CA.
- In the third season Arrow episode "" the Starling City Airport is located on Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin.
- In the third season episode "" Felicity said there were about 86,000 people named Paco in the city. This would mean that 17.2 percent of the population of Star City are named Paco.
- The license plates in Star City read "Land of Mist".