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 2019
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

Detail description of all public and private sector construction projects in Downtown since 1995. 
Downtown Development Project List
 

Largest employers in Downtown and Fortune 500 Companies.
Major Employers
 

Downtown office lease activity by tenant and building.

Office Lease Activity thru July 2019

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 

Planning

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 & Lists

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 Building Renderings – July 2019
Downtown Development Project List 

Other helpful lists and maps:
Block Numbers 

Ingress & Egress 

Hotel Map
Hotel List
Residential Map
Residential List

Downtown 2-Mile Radius Map
Downtown 3-Mile Radius Map 
Bird’s-eye-view Map- June 2018

Retail

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
Downtown Retail Task Force Report, Sept 12, 2013

Transportation

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.

METRO Bus
METRORail
Zipcar
BCycle
Houston Airport System

2018 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.

2018 Commute Survey Executive Summary
2018 Commute Survey Report