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.

Recreation and Leisure Industries

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. Along with visitors, locals enjoy downtown’s entertainment venues, museums, performing arts and dining options as well.


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

Since businesses report sales at the city level, any business with multiple locations in Seattle has retail 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.

For retail sales, the most recent year provided is a preliminary estimate by DSA based on the trend. 

“Live Entertainment” includes sports venues
“Other Recreation” includes fitness centers, games and other recreational industries.

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

Phone: 206-613-3255