Getting Serious About Fun

Downtown Seattle has something for everyone – historical landmarks, natural beauty, renowned arts and professional sports, and amazing retail and restaurants. Throughout downtown, the Northwest’s top restaurants share block space with sidewalk cafes, bars and food trucks. And when the sun sets, bands and live theater light up a flourishing nightlife scene. A growing number of fitness facilities help downtown workers and residents burn calories and a bustling tourist and convention industry brings millions of visitors – and dollars into the city annually.

Leisure Industries

Fitness facilities were the fastest-growing sector of street-level businesses downtown in 2014 and 2015, with 15 percent growth in the number of facilities each year. Running enthusiasts are also taking downtown’s growth in stride. Running events, including the Seattle Marathon and the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon, attract more than 32,000 participants each year.

Source: Leisure and wellness sales figures are based on taxable retail sales filings with the Washington State Department of Revenue. 


Downtown Seattle Visitor Industry

Unmatched city amenities and outdoor recreation make downtown Seattle the Northwest’s leading tourist and convention destination. Millions of visitors and tourists take in spectacular mountain and water views each year while enjoying iconic attractions like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.


Sources include individual venues, Port of Seattle, Smith Travel Research, Visit Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center. 

Taxable retail sales numbers are estimates provided by the Washington State Department of Revenue. Since businesses report sales at the city level, any business with multiple locations in Seattle have sales allocated based on their number of locations and the number of employees at those locations. For business locations with higher than average sales for that company, this will lead to an underestimate in the total for that business location.

Businesses located outside Seattle doing business in Seattle are allocated based on multiple factors, including; population, area, and business activity.

If you have questions about our research, contact Elliott Krivenko:

Phone: 206-613-3255