Research & Development

Explore Research and Data on the Health of the Downtown’s economy.

Our dedicated, in-house research team compiles and publishes data on important sectors of downtown’s economy, including key movements in retail, tourism and commercial and residential real estate. We track hotel occupancy rates, conduct construction project analysis, and provide members with tools to monitor progress and seize new opportunities. Our data is regularly updated as new information becomes available. We also produce an annual summary and presentation of economic metrics in our State of Downtown Economic Report, available each year at our exclusive members-only State of Downtown event.

We have been tracking data on the impact in a rapidly evolving environment where new information becomes available daily. We now have the first full quarter of data since the pandemic hit and we will be updating these pages in the weeks and months to come as new information comes available.

In May and September 2020, DSA conducted a survey of Seattle businesses, many of whom are in industries highly impacted by measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The survey was conducted to help us better understand COVID-19’s impact on Seattle industries and their perspectives on reopening our economy. Results from that survey can be found here.