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 205,653 workers and 49,781 residents while welcoming approximately 30 million visitors each year. 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 2018 By The Numbers PDF.

Key Facts

demographics and population

49,781 downtown residents
56 percent increase (17,877) in population since 2006
205,653 employees work daily downtown

tourism in 2018

839,794 convention attendees
2,301,040 hotel room nights occupied
33 million leisure and business visitors


80.7 million rides on Metro Transit in 2018
13.8 million rides on Green Line Light Rail last year 
11 million rides on Blue Line Light Rail last year
53.3 million rides on bus routes last year
787,327 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

457,295 square feet of Class A office space absorbed
7th straight year Minneapolis topped $1 billion worth of new construction permits
36.8 percent of Mpls-St. Paul’s office space resides in downtown’s central business district

top 15 downtown employers

1. Target (8,300 employees)
2. Hennepin Healthcare (7,176)
3. Wells Fargo (7,000)
4. Hennepin County (6,459)
5. Ameriprise Financial (5,065)
6. U.S. Bank (4,608)
7. Xcel Energy (2,458)
8. City of Minneapolis (2,076)
9. RBC Wealth Management (1,580)
10. Thrivent Financial (1,326)
11. Strategic Education, Inc. (1,213)
12. Federal Reserve Bank (1,135)
13. Deloitte (978)
14. Star Tribune (942)
15. ABM (920)

key links

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