The Logistics Quotient: Midwest

Compiled in partnership with Expansion Management magazine, the Midwest Regional Logistics Quotient matrix provides an overall ranking of each city within the Midwest region, assigning a rank of 5 stars to the top tier, 4 stars to the next group and so on down to a 1-star rank. The Logistics Quotient also features 10 logistics-related categories with national numerical rankings on a scale from a top score of 1 down to 362 (the number of Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas ranked). Those categories are:

  • Transportation and distribution industry--based on business and employment base providing transportation, distribution, warehousing and related services.
  • Work force--geared to existing and available logistics-related workers in the area.
  • Road infrastructure--measures factors like available lane miles per capita, interstate highway access, miles of paved roads etc.
  • Road density, congestion and safety--ranks the city on traffic volumes and delays as well as accident statistics and other factors affecting the smooth flow of traffic.
  • Road condition--draws on state performance and includes condition of highways and bridges among other measures.
  • Interstate highway--includes access to interstate highways, spending on highway construction and maintenance.
  • Taxes and fees--provides a measure of logistics-related costs, including highway and fuel taxes and related business activity taxes.
  • Railroad--offers a state-based rank of access to Class 1 and other rail services and miles of track.
  • Waterborne commerce--includes ocean port capacity as well as inland waterways.
  • Air cargo--ranks the city on its access to cargo services, including wide-body passenger service by combination carriers, international and expedited services.

2007 Rating

METROPOLITAN AREA

T&D Industry Metro Rank

Work Force Cost Metro Rank

Road Infra-structure Metro Rank

Road D/C/S Metro Rank

Road Condition State Rank

Interstate Highways Metro Rank

Taxes & Fees State Rank

Rail Road Metro Rank

Waterborne Commerce Metro Rank

Air Cargo Metro Rank

5-Star

Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

159

39

84

65

73

36

344

24

119

134

5-Star

Charleston, W.Va. MSA

115

126

223

171

251

36

247

63

6

115

5-Star

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. MSA

2

26

103

348

87

2

294

1

5

5

5-Star

Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky.-Ind. MSA

23

45

222

209

189

15

149

34

24

20

5-Star

Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio MSA

25

18

146

150

192

5

208

17

14

44

5-Star

Columbus, Ohio MSA

21

53

146

250

192

36

208

34

52

34

5-Star

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa-Ill. MSA

99

115

162

82

109

23

288

63

51

111

5-Star

Des Moines, Iowa MSA

56

33

317

275

244

52

143

102

61

40

5-Star

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich. MSA

10

59

249

350

224

5

250

7

16

19

5-Star

Duluth, Minn.-Wis. MSA

140

193

174

186

28

120

150

34

13

127

5-Star

Indianapolis, Ind. MSA

27

71

92

332

93

12

229

34

90

18

5-Star

Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. MSA

20

25

242

67

190

9

127

17

42

25

5-Star

Louisville, Ky.-Ind. MSA

28

2

268

209

221

15

187

10

15

10

5-Star

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. MSA

32

19

209

344

52

36

295

63

59

37

5-Star

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis. MSA

14

26

161

258

22

5

135

7

54

16

5-Star

Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa MSA

37

7

323

324

207

36

160

15

104

50

5-Star

Peoria, Ill. MSA

107

110

84

122

73

81

344

10

46

85

5-Star

St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. MSA

12

1

187

218

186

5

164

5

10

28

5-Star

Toledo, Ohio MSA

59

67

146

261

192

15

208

34

48

54

5-Star

Wichita, Kan. MSA

78

42

236

39

65

81

165

63

148

68

4-Star

Akron, Ohio MSA

64

104

146

180

192

23

208

34

225

119

4-Star

Canton-Massillon, Ohio MSA

140

140

146

136

192

157

208

24

225

166

4-Star

Columbia, Mo. MSA

229

172

245

74

271

157

53

151

88

134

4-Star

Dayton, Ohio MSA

72

68

146

227

192

52

208

225

99

46

4-Star

Elkhart-Goshen, Ind. MSA

163

126

92

253

93

81

229

151

100

263

4-Star

Evansville, Ind.-Ky. MSA

87

16

188

279

162

280

240

17

11

119

4-Star

Fargo, N.D.-Minn. MSA

131

68

276

80

71

81

124

151

140

217

4-Star

Fort Wayne, Ind. MSA

76

48

92

355

93

157

229

102

97

58

4-Star

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich. MSA

72

116

249

185

224

81

250

63

71

78

4-Star

Green Bay, Wis. MSA

77

9

209

172

52

157

295

225

43

166

4-Star

La Crosse, Wis.-Minn.

241

241

175

51

29

157

179

63

69

154

4-Star

Lansing-East Lansing, Mich. MSA

145

221

249

111

224

52

250

102

225

87

4-Star

Lexington-Fayette, Ky. MSA

126

192

310

320

264

81

175

102

115

119

4-Star

Lincoln, Neb. MSA

118

118

280

193

279

120

180

102

87

127

4-Star

Madison, Wis. MSA

103

107

209

178

52

81

295

151

49

95

4-Star

Rockford, Ill. MSA

117

101

84

264

73

81

344

63

225

78

4-Star

Sioux City, Iowa-Neb.-S.D. MSA

156

82

330

85

209

120

151

63

96

217

4-Star

Sioux Falls, S.D. MSA

107

40

348

10

239

52

141

151

124

86

4-Star

South Bend-Mishawaka, Ind.-Mich. MSA

154

177

189

153

163

81

249

102

225

99

4-Star

Springfield, Ill. MSA

238

285

84

255

73

81

344

34

55

134

4-Star

Springfield, Mo. MSA

64

6

245

74

271

157

53

102

155

73

4-Star

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa. MSA

82

95

145

71

263

52

287

10

225

117

3-Star

Ann Arbor, Mich. MSA

182

178

249

212

224

157

250

102

225

143

3-Star

Bismarck, N.D. MSA

188

151

324

47

188

120

161

151

154

233

3-Star

Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

231

229

84

115

73

36

344

34

225

233

3-Star

Cedar Rapids, Iowa MSA

111

32

317

263

244

280

143

34

225

89

3-Star

Decatur, Ill. MSA

195

209

84

32

73

157

344

102

225

193

3-Star

Eau Claire, Wis. MSA

207

195

209

50

52

157

295

225

225

143

3-Star

Flint, Mich. MSA

160

243

249

163

224

52

250

151

225

94

3-Star

Grand Forks, N.D.-Minn. MSA

225

159

276

203

71

157

124

102

147

192

3-Star

Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio MSA

155

165

242

24

250

157

219

151

225

166

3-Star

Joplin, Mo. MSA

104

90

245

306

271

157

53

102

152

217

3-Star

Kalamazoo-Portage, Mich. MSA

184

278

249

296

224

120

250

102

225

143

3-Star

Kankakee-Bradley, Ill. MSA

291

255

84

40

73

157

344

63

225

263

3-Star

Lafayette, Ind. MSA

234

249

92

355

93

157

229

24

225

233

3-Star

Mansfield, Ohio MSA

271

287

146

6

192

157

208

102

225

263

3-Star

Rochester, Minn. MSA

193

171

159

325

20

157

106

225

77

233

3-Star

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, Mich. MSA

208

193

249

247

224

120

250

63

225

193

3-Star

St. Cloud, Minn. MSA

133

44

159

291

20

157

106

225

225

154

3-Star

St. Joseph, Mo.-Kan. MSA

229

210

244

31

238

120

104

225

225

193

3-Star

Topeka, Kan. MSA

223

226

236

14

65

81

165

151

225

134

3-Star

Wausau, Wis. MSA

173

136

209

3

52

288

295

225

144

143

3-Star

Wheeling, W.Va.-Ohio MSA

248

214

202

15

241

120

227

151

16

263

2-Star

Anderson, Ind. MSA

288

206

92

342

93

157

229

102

225

263

2-Star

Appleton, Wis. MSA

146

116

209

118

52

288

295

310

141

166

2-Star

Battle Creek, Mich. MSA

276

307

249

182

224

120

250

151

225

298

2-Star

Bay City, Mich. MSA

334

275

249

158

224

157

250

102

23

320

2-Star

Bloomington, Ind. MSA

279

259

92

104

93

288

229

63

225

263

2-Star

Danville, Ill. MSA

339

359

84

135

73

157

344

24

225

347

2-Star

Holland-Grand Haven, Mich. MSA

167

122

249

126

224

120

250

151

225

298

2-Star

Iowa City, Iowa MSA

189

205

317

86

244

120

143

102

225

347

2-Star

Janesville, Wis. MSA

204

224

209

312

52

81

295

102

225

298

2-Star

Lima, Ohio MSA

235

216

146

204

192

157

208

63

225

298

2-Star

Michigan City-La Porte, Ind. MSA

301

292

92

143

93

157

229

63

225

347

2-Star

Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis. MSA

187

186

209

202

52

288

295

225

225

166

2-Star

Racine, Wis. MSA

196

220

209

131

52

157

295

151

225

263

2-Star

Rapid City, S.D. MSA

233

190

348

60

239

120

141

310

133

166

2-Star

Sheboygan, Wis. MSA

274

215

209

52

52

157

295

225

225

320

2-Star

Springfield, Ohio MSA

267

119

146

151

192

157

208

151

225

320

2-Star

Terre Haute, Ind. MSA

203

240

92

282

93

157

229

151

225

263

2-Star

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa MSA

183

132

317

196

244

280

143

151

225

154

1-Star

Ames, Iowa MSA

361

347

317

273

244

157

143

310

225

320

1-Star

Bowling Green, Ky. MSA

290

333

310

112

264

157

175

225

225

233

1-Star

Columbus, Ind. MSA

283

264

92

299

93

157

229

310

225

320

1-Star

Dubuque, Iowa MSA

232

229

317

266

244

288

143

151

225

263

1-Star

Elizabethtown, Ky. MSA

318

303

310

271

264

157

175

225

225

320

1-Star

Fond du Lac, Wis. MSA

219

217

209

95

52

288

295

225

225

347

1-Star

Jackson, Mich. MSA

296

329

249

49

224

157

250

347

225

298

1-Star

Jefferson City, Mo. MSA

295

282

245

325

271

288

53

225

225

263

1-Star

Kokomo, Ind. MSA

352

356

92

299

93

288

229

63

225

263

1-Star

Lawrence, Kan. MSA

353

292

236

66

65

157

165

225

225

298

1-Star

Monroe, Mich. MSA

279

337

249

281

224

157

250

63

225

320

1-Star

Muncie, Ind. MSA

324

315

92

116

93

157

229

225

225

320

1-Star

Muskegon-Norton Shores, Mich. MSA

322

328

249

188

224

157

250

225

225

320

1-Star

Niles-Benton Harbor, Mich. MSA

281

340

249

148

224

157

250

225

225

298

1-Star

Owensboro, Ky. MSA

221

228

310

134

264

288

175

310

225

320

1-Star

Parkersburg-Marietta, W.Va-Ohio MSA

223

262

207

307

243

157

246

225

225

263

1-Star

Sandusky, Ohio MSA

338

330

146

6

192

157

208

225

225

320

1-Star

Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio MSA

309

315

202

2

241

288

227

102

225

298

Source: Expansion Management Magazine, 2007 Logistics Quotient, Copyright 2007 by Penton Media, Inc.

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