Research & Reports

Our Business Research team provides the business community and other key decision-makers with ready access to information resources that support economic development activities, public policy and education advocacy and other Central Houston initiatives.

Key Facts & Demographics

Downtown at a Glance: A descriptive and statistical overview of Downtown Houston, and why it is the best place to live, work and play. Covering topics such as Downtown living, the office market and employment, hospitality, tourism, culture and entertainment, restaurants, retail and transit. The overview showcases the key features and amenities that make Downtown unique as an urban core.

Downtown At A Glance June 2018 [pdf]
Downtown At A Glance 2017 [pdf]
Downtown At A Glance 2016 [pdf]

A fast facts overview: 
Why Downtown [pdf]

This list provides details on all public and private sector construction projects in Downtown since 1995. 
Downtown Development Project List [pdf]

The largest employers in Downtwon and Fortune 500 Companies.
Major Employers [pdf]

Downtown Market Updates

Quarterly Market Updates:  An overview of the quarter including updates on major developments in the Downtown submarkets (office, residential, hotel, and retail), other sectors, and coverage of Downtown in local and national/global media.

Market Update, First Quarter 2019 [pdf]
Market Update, Fourth Quarter 2018 [pdf]
Market Update, Third Quarter 2018 [pdf]
Market Update, Second Quarter 2018 [pdf]
Market Update, First Quarter 2018 [pdf]
Market Update, Fourth Quarter 2017 [pdf]
Market Update, Third Quarter 2017 [pdf]
Market Update, Second Quarter 2017 [pdf]
Market Update, First Quarter 2017 [pdf]

Office Story

The Downtown Office Story is an in-depth proprietary longitudinal analysis of the competitive Downtown office market, based on the collection and analysis of primary data from our most competitive buildings. The survey and analysis are based on consistent methodology spanning over three decades. Buildings in the survey have proven the ability to compete for tenants in the downtown Class A and B markets.  This survey supplements and does not replace other traditional market surveys: broker, owner, or third-party reports.

Downtown Office Story 2019 


What’s next? Plan Downtown: Converging Culture, Lifestyle & Commerce is the product of an 18-month planning process led by Downtown partner organizations and city, county and community leaders. The leadership group and steering committee, in addition to robust public input, have provided big ideas from 30,000 feet in the air to thoughtful observations from a street level point of view, culminating in both large and small projects that will continue the Downtown transformation for the next five, ten, twenty years.

Plan Downtown: Converging Culture, Lifestyle & Commerce 2017 [pdf]
Downtown Framework 2004 [pdf]

Development Maps

A map and list of past and current Downtown development projects, including a brief description of the project, the developer and the completion date.
Downtown Development Map and Development Renderings [pdf]
Downtown Development Project List [pdf]

Other helpful lists and maps:
Block Numbers [pdf]
Ingress & Egress [pdf]
Hotel Map [pdf]
Hotel List [pdf]
Residential Map [pdf]
Residential List [pdf]
Downtown 3-Mile Radius Map [pdf]
Bird’s-eye-view Map- June 2018 [pdf]


Downtown's trade area is diverse with a population of more than 360,000 residents within five miles, plus, business travelers and conventioneers totalling over one million, sports attendees, event goers and, of couse, a large and dynamic office core. 

Market Analysis Report for Proposed Traditional Retail in Downtown Houston, July 24, 2014 [pdf]
Downtown Retail Task Force Report, Sept 12, 2013 [pdf]


A network of integrated multi-modal transit systems provides convenient travel options for several hundred thousand employees and visitors commuting in and out of Downtown daily.

Houston Airport System

2013 Downtown Houston Commute Survey

Central Houston is committed to enhancing excellent access to and within Downtown Houston for employees, visitors, tourists, and residents. The organization surveys Downtown stakeholders approximately every five years to better understand travel behavior.

Executive Summary [pdf]
Commute Survey Report [pdf]
Maps [pdf]