Downtown is an attractive place to work, play and live, according to a new survey of 4,685 area residents that found 8 out of 10 locals are upbeat about the core of Detroit.

Among those surveyed, 81 percent said they have an overall positive impression of downtown and 77 percent said their opinion was either significantly more favorable or somewhat more favorable compared to one year ago.

The survey comes at a time when downtown is on a rebound not seen in decades. The number of big empty buildings has declined from 48 to 13 in the past five years. There is a steady stream of new office workers and affluent residents. The number of downtown residents is expected to nearly double and reach 10,000 by the end of this decade, according to various projections based on housing demand and supply.