Study finds foot traffic downtown at all time high during holiday season

Pedestrian count up more than 40 percent from two years ago

Dec 18, 2017
Portland, Ore. – Today, Downtown Clean & Safe released its December 2017 Pedestrian Count Results and Comparables report, which shows foot traffic on specific corners has increased 40 percent on average over the December 2015 count. Pedestrian counts for December 2016 were not conducted due to severe weather conditions.
The December 2017 count took place over a three-day period Dec. 7-9, tracking foot traffic at 13 intersections in downtown Portland. Of those 13 corners, 10 were also counted in December 2015. Results from the count found that the most trafficked corner in downtown is Fifth and Morrison, with a 60 percent increase in foot traffic over the 2015 count, from 16,687 pedestrians in 2015 to 26,712 in 2017. Other highly trafficked corners include Sixth and Morrison, which increased from 13,396 pedestrians in 2015 to 21,078 in 2017, and 10th and Morrison, which increased from 8,883 pedestrians in 2015 to 15,578 in 2017.
“We are very proud to see the results from the December 2017 pedestrian count,” said Peter Andrews, chair of the Downtown Clean & Safe board of directors and a broker at Melvin Mark. “The high foot traffic shows that downtown Portland continues to thrive and draw holiday shoppers from throughout the region. It’s imperative that we continue to support organizations like Clean & Safe, Central City Concern and many others whose dedication to downtown’s vibrancy contributed to the positive outcomes from the count.”
Clean & Safe conducts semi-annual pedestrian counts to track pedestrian traffic volumes in front of key intersections within the downtown core. Results are provided to developers, real estate brokers, property managers and owners, prospective tenants, institutional investor and others who are interested in downtown Portland as a place to do business. Corners counted during the semi-annual counts can change slightly depending on a number of factors, including retail vacancies and new tenants.
See the full results here.
Downtown Clean & Safe District
Downtown’s Clean & Safe District was created nearly 30 years ago to support additional cleaning and security in the central city. The district, funded by downtown property owners, includes 213 blocks in the central city, and also supports market research, and retail recruitment and retention efforts. The district is managed by the Portland Business Alliance under the direction of the district’s board of directors. Learn more at