Top 10 Markets for Commercial Real Estate








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Coldwell Banker Commercial has identified the top markets for commercial real estate, ranking more than 80 markets on the performance of their office, retail, and multi-family sectors. Also factored into its rankings are changes in vacancy rates, rental rates, population, and unemployment from 2012 to 2013 within each market.

Using those factors, Coldwell Banker identified the following top 10 commercial markets in the country in 2013 were:

  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Portland, Ore.
  3. Dallas, Texas
  4. Houston, Texas
  5. Minneapolis, Minn.
  6. San Diego, Calif.
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  9. Fort Worth, Texas
  10. Denver, Colo.

View the full list and breakdown of ranking for each commercial sector.

Source: “2013 Blue Book: Top Commercial Real Estate Markets,” Coldwell Banker Commercial



Top Commercial RE Markets – Total

1 Orlando, FL

2 Portland, OR

3 Dallas, TX

4 Houston, TX

5 Minneapolis, MN

6 San Diego, CA

7 Austin, TX

8 Raleigh-Durham, NC

9 Fort Worth, TX

10 Denver, CO

11 Orange County, CA

12 Seattle, WA

13 Charleston, SC

14 San Jose, CA

15 Palm Beach, FL

16 Charlotte, NC

17 Salt Lake City, UT

18 Las Vegas, NV

19 Phoenix, AZ

20 Oakland-East Bay, CA

21 San Antonio, TX

22 San Francisco, CA

23 Greenville, SC

24 Jacksonville, FL

25 Atlanta, GA


26 Nashville, TN

27 Fort Lauderdale, FL

28 Tacoma, WA

29 Knoxville, TN

30 Colorado Springs, CO

31 Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL

32 Columbus, OH

33 Richmond, VA

34 Tulsa, OK

35 Baltimore, MD

36 Omaha, NE

37 Indianapolis, IN

38 Miami, FL

39 Hartford, CT

40 Central New Jersey, NJ

41 Boston, MA

42 Los Angeles, CA

43 San Bernardino/Riverside, CA

44 Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC

45 Oklahoma City, OK

46 Sacramento, CA

47 Louisville, KY

48 New York, NY

49 Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA

50 Rochester, NY

51 Cincinnati, OH

52 Northern New Jersey, NJ

53 Ventura County, CA

54 Buffalo, NY

55 Columbia, SC


56 New Haven, CT

57 Kansas City, MO

58 Suburban Virginia, VA

59 Syracuse, NY

60 Little Rock, AR

61 Detroit, MI

62 Birmingham, AL

63 Chicago, IL

64 Memphis, TN

65 Fairfield County, CT

66 District of Columbia, DC

67 Pittsburgh, PA

68 Tucson, AZ

69 Providence, RI

70 New Orleans, LA


71 Suburban Maryland, MD

72 Lexington, KY

73 Milwaukee, WI

74 Westchester, NY

75 Philadelphia, PA

76 Wichita, KS

77 Long Island, NY

78 Albuquerque, NM

79 St. Louis, MO

80 Cleveland, OH

81 Dayton, OH

82 Chattanooga, TN


Top Commercial RE Markets Population Growth.    Q4-2012 to Q4- 2013

1 Phoenix, AZ

2 Austin, TX

3 Charlotte, NC

4 Raleigh-Durham, NC

5 Fort Worth, TX

6 Orlando, FL

7 Dallas, TX

8 San Antonio, TX

9 Houston, TX

10 Las Vegas, NV

11 Denver, CO

11 Suburban Virginia, VA

13 Portland, OR

14 Salt Lake City, UT

15 Columbia, SC

15 District of Columbia, DC

17 Nashville, TN

18 Colorado Springs, CO

19 Atlanta, GA

20 Indianapolis, IN

20 Lexington, KY

22 Charleston, SC

23 Seattle, WA

24 Palm Beach, FL

25 San Diego, CA

26 San Bernardino/Riverside, CA

27 Greenville, SC

27 Tucson, AZ

29 Oklahoma City, OK

30 Omaha, NE

31 Fort Lauderdale, FL

32 Knoxville, TN

33 Sacramento, CA

34 Jacksonville, FL

34 Minneapolis, MN

36 Little Rock, AR

36 San Francisco, CA

38 Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC

39 Kansas City, MO

39 Richmond, VA

39 Tulsa, OK


42 Memphis, TN

43 Louisville, KY

44 Orange County, CA

44 Tacoma, WA

46 Ventura County, CA

47 Columbus, OH

48 Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA

49 Oakland-East Bay, CA

50 Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL

51 Chattanooga, TN

52 Los Angeles, CA

53 Suburban Maryland, MD

54 Central New Jersey, NJ

55 Birmingham, AL


56 San Jose, CA

57 Cincinnati, OH

58 Wichita, KS

59 New York, NY

60 Baltimore, MD

61 New Orleans, LA

62 Boston, MA

63 Northern New Jersey, NJ

63 Westchester, NY

65 Miami, FL

66 Albuquerque, NM

67 Chicago, IL

68 Milwaukee, WI

69 Providence, RI

70 New Haven, CT


71 Philadelphia, PA

72 St. Louis, MO

73 Fairfield County, CT

74 Hartford, CT

75 Long Island, NY

76 Rochester, NY

77 Dayton, OH

78 Pittsburgh, PA

79 Syracuse, NY

80 Detroit, MI

81 Buffalo, NY

82 Cleveland, OH



Top Commercial RE Markets Unemployment

1 Orlando, FL

2 Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL

3 Jacksonville, FL

4 San Jose, CA

5 Oakland-East Bay, CA

5 San Francisco, CA

7 Salt Lake City, UT

8 Palm Beach, FL

9 San Diego, CA

10 Sacramento, CA


11 Fort Lauderdale, FL

11 Miami, FL

13 Seattle, WA

13 Tacoma, WA

15 Orange County, CA

15 San Bernardino/Riverside, CA

17 Ventura County, CA

18 Denver, CO

19 Minneapolis, MN

20 Las Vegas, NV

21 Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC

22 Charlotte, NC

23 Central New Jersey, NJ

24 Portland, OR

25 Raleigh-Durham, NC


26 Rochester, NY

27 Buffalo, NY

28 Birmingham, AL

29 Colorado Springs, CO

30 Syracuse, NY

31 Norfolk/Hampton Roads, VA

32 Austin, TX

33 Dallas, TX

33 Fort Worth, TX

35 Houston, TX

36 Indianapolis, IN

36 Los Angeles, CA

38 Long Island, NY

38 New York, NY

38 Northern New Jersey, NJ

38 Westchester, NY


42 Detroit, MI

43 Louisville, KY

44 Columbia, SC

45 Albuquerque, NM

45 Charleston, SC

47 Atlanta, GA

48 Milwaukee, WI

49 San Antonio, TX

50 Greenville, SC

51 Lexington, KY

52 Hartford, CT

53 Philadelphia, PA

53 Providence, RI

53 Richmond, VA


56 Tulsa, OK

57 Baltimore, MD

58 New Haven, CT

59 Fairfield County, CT

60 District of Columbia, DC

60 Pittsburgh, PA

60 Suburban Maryland, MD

60 Suburban Virginia, VA

64 St. Louis, MO

65 Omaha, NE

66 Cincinnati, OH

67 Nashville, TN

67 Wichita, KS

69 Cleveland, OH


70 Phoenix, AZ

71 Oklahoma City, OK

72 Dayton, OH

73 Columbus, OH

73 Knoxville, TN

73 Little Rock, AR

73 Tucson, AZ

77 Boston, MA

78 Chicago, IL

79 Chattanooga, TN

80 Memphis, TN

81 Kansas City, MO

81 New Orleans, LA


View the full list and breakdown of ranking for each commercial sector.

Source: “2013 Blue Book: Top Commercial Real Estate Markets,” Coldwell Banker Commercial

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