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 2016 By The Numbers PDF.

Key Facts

demographics and population

40,864 downtown residents
28.4 percent increase (9,060) in population since 2006
160,000 employees work daily downtown

tourism in 2016

560,000 convention attendees
1,986,573 hotel room nights occupied
32 million leisure and business visitors
934 new hotel rooms added


Metro Transit named 2016 American Public Transit Association System of the Year
82.6 million rides (266,916 per day) on Metro Transit in 2016
12.7 million rides (39,386 daily) on Green Line Light Rail last year
10.2 million rides (30,337 daily) on Blue Line Light Rail last year
58.1 million rides (194,658 daily) on bus routes last year
711,167 rides (2,534 daily) on North Star Commuter Rail last year
New single-day ridership record set on September 1, 2016 with 370,000 rides provided
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

1.4 million square feet of office space absorbed by existing firms relocating from suburbs since 2015
5 consecutive years: City of Minneapolis topping $1 billion in 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 (8,150 employees)
2. Hennepin County Medical Center (7,300)
3. Wells Fargo (7,000)
4. Hennepin County (6,549)
5. Ameriprise Finanical (4,948)
6. U.S. Bank (4,506)
7. Xcel Energy (2,400)
8. City of Minneapolis (2,090)
9. RBC Wealth Management (1,475)
10. Capella Education (1,292)
11. Star Tribune (1,183)
12. ABM (1,088)
13. Thrivent Financial (1,052)
14. Federal Reserve Bank (957)
15. Deloitte (944)


Minneapolis is nationally and internationally recognized for its quality of life, innovation, fitness, entertainment and more. Here are a few of the recent publications lists we’ve made.

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