Main Street Reinvestment Statistics

Main Street Reinvestment Stats

Main Street's Economic Impact

Historic Preservation = Economic Development

The cumulative success of the Main Street Approach® and Main Street programs on the local level has earned Main Street the reputation as one of the most powerful economic revitalization tools in the nation. The National Main Street Center conducts research to document this by annually collecting statistical information on the preservation, revitalization, and economic activities in local Main Street programs throughout the country. These estimates are based on cumulative statistics gathered from 1980 to December 31, 2015, for all designated Main Street communities nationwide.

Cumulative Reinvestment Statistics

  Dollars Reinvested:

  total reinvestment in physical improvements from public and private sources  

$65.6 billion

  Number of buildings rehabilitations:


  Net gain in jobs:


  Net gain in businesses:


  Reinvestment Ratio (i):

$26.14: $1

Yearly Statistics

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

(i) The Reinvestment Ratio measures the amount of new investment that occurs, on average, for every dollar a participating community spends to support the operation of its Main Street program, based on medial annual program costs reported to the National Main Street Center by its coordinating programs. This number is not cumulative and represents investment and organization budgets from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015.