State of Downtown Economic Profile

2016-sod-econ-reportEach year, the Downtown Seattle Association hosts its signature event – the State of Downtown. 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 2016 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 2016 State of Downtown Economic Report (PDF). Print copies are $35 for non-members and are free for DSA members – limit of five. To request a copy, please contact DSA Member Relations Specialist Kaarin Keil Borel (206-613-3245 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.

You can also view our current Development Guide Summary (PDF) here.

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

 LIVE

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

Downtown Housing Market

Downtown Demographics

WORK

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

Downtown Office Market

Downtown Seattle Employment Statistics

Downtown Worker Profiles

SHOP

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

Retail Real Estate Market

Retail Sales Statistics

PLAY

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

Visitor Industry

Dining, Leisure and Wellness

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.