Main Street Impact

Reinvestment on the Rise

$79.12 billion reinvested, 143,613 businesses started, 640,017 jobs created, and 284,936 buildings rehabilitated since 1980.


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Main Street = Economic Impact

The cumulative success of the Main Street Approach® and Main Street America 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.

Cumulative Reinvestment Statistics

Dollars Reinvested*:
$79.12 billion
Buildings Rehabilitated: 284,936
Net Gain in Jobs: 640,017
Net Gain in Businesses: 143,613
These estimates are based on cumulative statistics gathered from 1980 to December 31, 2018, for all designated Main Street communities nationwide.
*Total reinvestment in physical improvements from public & private sources


View Statistics from 2009 - 2018

2018 Reinvestment Statistics

Dollars Reinvested*:
$4.39 billion
Buildings Rehabilitated: 8,146
Net Gain in Jobs: 25,301
Net Gain in Businesses: 5,310
Reinvestment Ratio**: $26.49: $1
These estimates are based on statistics gathered from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 for all designated Main Street communities nationwide.
*Total reinvestment in physical improvements from public & private sources
**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 median 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, 2018, to December 31, 2018.