State of Downtown Economic Profile

2013-sod-econ-reportEach year, the Downtown Seattle Association hosts its signature event – the State of Downtown Economic Forum. This event – and its accompanying report – provides an insightful look into the economic health of Downtown Seattle. The forum and report review progress of the past year – and a look ahead – including an analysis of Downtown housing, office market, retail, business sectors, convention & tourism as well as cultural arts, sports and entertainment.

Our 2014 State of Downtown Economic Report is compiled using the most current available information from a variety of recognized sources – including key trends in retail, tourism, commercial and residential real estate, as well as hotel occupancy rates, construction project analysis and other tools to help monitor progress and seize new opportunities.

This extensive research is derived from commissioned studies and expert analysis by the Metropolitan Improvement District’s (MID) Business Development and Market Research team. Their combined resources provide valuable tools for current and prospective Downtown businesses.

Read our 2014 State of Downtown Economic Report (Print copies are $35 for non-members and are free for DSA members – limit three) and 2014 Downtown Seattle Development Guide. To request a copy, please contact DSA Membership Services Assistant Maia Mercer (206-613-3209 or via e-mail). Quantities of three or less can be mailed; larger quantities can be picked up with advance notice at the DSA office during normal business hours.

See where Downtown stands compared to the rest of the region using theDSA Economic Dashboard interactive graph icon

View the State of Downtown 2014 Presentations.

Previous years: 2013 | 2012

View our 2014 State of Downtown event photos.


Below you will find data about living in Downtown Seattle. Click on each link to view the report:

Housing: pdf | interactive graph
Downtown Demographics: pdf | interactive graph
Children in Downtown
Neighborhood Profiles 


Below you will find data about working in Downtown Seattle. Click on each link to view the report:

Office Space: pdf | interactive graph
Transportation: pdf | interactive graph
Workforce: pdf | interactive graph


Below you will find data about shopping in Downtown Seattle. Click on each link to view the report:

Pedestrian Counts | interactive graph
Retail: pdf | interactive graph


Below you will find data about playing in Downtown Seattle. Click on each link to view the report:

Arts & Entertainment: pdf | interactive graph
Visitor Industry: pdf | interactive graph

Research Reports
Peer-City Review is a comparison between Downtown Seattle to eight other peer U.S. cities.
Urban Environment report explores key factors that reflect the urban experience.
Demographics Report examines Downtown Seattle’s demographic transformation compared to surrounding Seattle neighborhoods.

Note: If used for external purposes, please attribute all data to the Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District, except where otherwise noted.