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Old 11-12-2013, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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America's 100 largest downtowns are ranked by number of employees in this report: http://definingdowntown.org/wp-conte...townReport.pdf

The report includes secondary employment centers, but just for downtowns (and the surrounding area within a one-mile radius), the numerical ranking can be found here. For NC's largest cities, here's how they rank:

24. Downtown Raleigh - 122,005
35. Downtown Charlotte - 89,588
67. Downtown Greensboro - 49,045
100. Downtown Winston Salem - 27,556
105. Downtown Durham - 17,774

Greensboro's and Durham's figures seem about right while Winston-Salem's showing here is surprising. Now this Raleigh figure seems to be quite a bit inflated, especially when Raleigh's own downtown alliance says it houses 38K employees. Charlotte's is also surprising, with smaller cities like Louisville, Columbus, Cleveland, and Indianapolis posting higher figures. It's possible that having large universities in and around downtown, which Charlotte lacks, helps them in this regard and being that the data is from 2010-2011, the loss of banking jobs certainly hurt Charlotte there as well.

And oddly enough, RTP isn't listed as an employment center.
also how many of those jobs in Raleigh are government jobs? That could be a big reason why its inflated. Winston-Salem is indeed surprising. I thought those numbers would have been higher.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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also how many of those jobs in Raleigh are government jobs? That could be a big reason why its inflated. Winston-Salem is indeed surprising. I thought those numbers would have been higher.
Something seems off about all the numbers, really. Raleigh's looks like what you would get if you just counted the whole inner beltline as "downtown"--which it obviously isn't. According to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance there are ~14,000 government employees there. Something like 40,000-50,000 employees total. For comparison Charlotte has 70,000 according to their site.

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Regardless... I still can't see Austin larger than Houston/Dallas & Raleigh/Hartford larger than Charlotte. Downtown Charlotte has 21 million sq. feet of office space vs. 5 million for Raleigh and we've always have had a higher occupancy rate. And all the large medical facilities & decent size colleges/universities within 1 mile.... So I'm not sure how it came to be.
Eh... something is definitely skewy. However, I would make a small correction; Raleigh actually has the highest downtown office occupancy rate in the state, and has had it for quite a long time. It's 94.4%, which makes it a huge outlier compared to other cities. Charlotte's is 89.2% for reference. Winston-Salem has the lowest, I believe. Something like 84.4% occupancy.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:34 AM
 
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RTP is not a "downtown" if that is the criteria.
Research parks, medical complexes, suburban office districts, and other types of jobs centers were also included in the report.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:52 AM
 
Location: NC
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So Columbia SC has almost as many workers in downtown than Charlotte? Guess with USC, Allen, and Benedict and government jobs
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