a vibrant and thriving community

We continue to see incredible growth, development and investment in our downtown community. Downtown and its five neighborhoods are currently home to 160,000 workers and 40,000 residents while welcoming approximately 30 million visitors each years. The Mpls Big Build has tracked more than $2 billion worth of investment over the past few years that is helping our downtown establish itself as a vibrant 21st Century City. Here are a few key facts and figures that highlight downtown’s vitality. Click Here for our 2017 By The Numbers PDF.

Key Facts

demographics and population

43,456 downtown residents
36.2 percent increase (11,552) in population since 2006
160,000 employees work daily downtown

tourism in 2017

575,000 convention attendees
1,986,573 hotel room nights occupied
19 million leisure and business visitors
934 new hotel rooms added


81.9 million rides on Metro Transit in 2017
13.1 million rides on Green Line Light Rail last year (441,000 more rides than 2016)
10.6 million rides on Blue Line Light Rail last year (408,000 more rides than 2016)
55.7 million rides on bus routes last year
793,796 rides on North Star Commuter Rail last year
New light rail extensions (Blue Line to Brooklyn Park, Green Line to Eden Prairie) and Bus Rapid Transit (Orange Line to Lakeville) in the works

economic development

459,188 square feet of Class A office space absorbed
6th straight year Minneapolis topped $1 billion worth of new construction permits
36.2 percent of Mpls-St. Paul’s office space resides in downtown’s central business district

top 15 downtown employers

1. Target (8,333 employees)
2. Hennepin Healthcare (7,105)
3. Wells Fargo (7,000)
4. Hennepin County (6,595)
5. Ameriprise Financial (4,893)
6. U.S. Bank (4,651)
7. Xcel Energy (2,351)
8. City of Minneapolis (2,060)
9. RBC Wealth Management (1,475)
10. Thrivent Financial (1,352)
11. Capella Education (1,258)
12. Star Tribune (1,096)
13. SPS Commerce (1,002)
14. Federal Reserve Bank (970)
15. ABM (910)

key links

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