More downtown residents, dozens of new residential towers on the way, and a decrease in the number of commuters who drive alone to the area were some of the tidbits presented at the Downtown Seattle Association’s state of downtown economic forum Wednesday.

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More downtown residents, dozens of new residential towers on the way, and a decrease in the number of commuters who drive alone to the area were some of the tidbits presented at the Downtown Seattle Association’s state of downtown economic forum Wednesday.

The annual event, which drew some 1,200 people to the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, featured speakers including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who called on businesses to help with lobbying to get resources to address issues such as homelessness and mental illness.

Jon Scholes, the association president, said the number of people living downtown has increased in recent years to 65,000 — up 8 percent since 2010, compared to 5 percent citywide for the same period.

He also shared the results of a commuter survey showing that the proportion of downtown workers who drive alone to work fell to 31 percent. Forty-five percent of downtown workers commute via public transit.

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The association on Wednesday also released its annual State of Downtown Economic Report. Among the tidbits:

• Sixty residential and mixed hotel-residential towers, representing about 10,000 units, have either been delivered or are underway or scheduled to be underway in 2014-15. The median purchase price for a downtown condo was $409,500, 40 percent higher than the citywide median of $292,500.

• Taxable retail sales at brick-and-mortar stores downtown grew 22 percent between 2009 and 2013, and 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, when sales totaled $1.39 billion.

• Downtown currently has more than 14,000 hotel rooms, with another 1,100 scheduled to come online by the end of 2016.