U.S. Midwest Site Selector

How to use the U.S. Midwest Site Selector

Logistics Today's Site Selector offers an objective ranking of 362 U.S. cities based on criteria important to logistics professionals.

This customized listing looks at the top 50 cites and metropolitan areas located in the U.S. Midwest, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Site Selector is based on material developed by Expansion Management and Logistics Today.

The Site Selector matrix provides an overall ranking of each city within the Midwest region, as well as an indication of the city's national ranking. Other ranking categories include:

Transportation and distribution (T&D) industry is based on businesses and employment base providing transportation, distribution, warehousing and related services.
Work force/labor is 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, etc.
Taxes and fees provides a measure of logistics-related costs, including highway and fuel taxes, inventory taxes (where present), etc.
Railroad offers a state-based rank of access to Class 1 and other rail services, miles of track, etc.
Waterborne commerce includes ocean port capacity as well as inland waterways.
Air cargo
ranks the city on its access to cargo services, including widebody passenger service by combination carriers, international and expedited services.

Regional Rank National Rank Metropolitan Area T&D Industry Rank Work Force/Labor Rank Road Infrastructure Rank Road Density, Congestion and Safety Rank Road Condition State Rank Interstate Highway Rank Taxes & Fees State Rank Railroad State Rank Waterborne Commerce Rank Air Cargo Rank
1 3 Chicago, IL 1 65 117 341 75 2 288 1 10 3
2 4 Cleveland, OH 24 46 120 112 186 5 241 17 31 38
3 5 Detroit, MI 8 41 130 348 221 5 70 7 27 23
4 6 St. Louis, MO 12 1 202 264 179 5 177 5 21 27
5 7 Minneapolos-St. Paul - Bloomington, MN 13 96 213 291 18 5 169 7 41 25
6 9 Kansas City, MO/Kansas City, KS 22 11 267 93 208 9 165 17 51 33
7 11 Louisville, KY 29 2 205 220 214 15 121 10 39 55
8 19 Cincinnati, OH 28 66 185 234 185 15 157 34 37 28
9 28 Indianapolis, IN 26 23 145 323 87 12 128 34 178 34
10 43 Toledo, OH 75 108 120 257 186 15 241 34 34 104
11 44 Milwaukee, WI 33 24 241 335 53 36 353 63 52 44
12 47 Columbus, OH 32 68 120 226 186 36 241 34 178 37
13 56 Grand Rapids, MI 48 73 130 230 221 81 70 63 178 66
14 58 Akron, OH 67 127 120 166 186 23 241 34 178 93
15 63 Peoria, IL. 109 81 84 165 65 81 320 10 178 116
16 64 Wichita, KS 91 90 263 37 98 81 238 63 178 78
17 65 Davenpot, IA/Moline-Rock Island, IL 97 128 186 78 117 23 282 63 178 103
18 66 Duluth, MI 124 199 225 190 23 120 212 34 18 144
19 69 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH 77 48 116 70 258 52 283 10 178 167
20 71 Omaha, NE/Council Bluffs, IA 38 19 329 316 255 36 213 15 178 54
21 76 Campaign-Urbana, IL 181 78 84 90 65 36 320 24 178 174
22 78 Holland-Grand Haven, MI 164 179 130 109 221 120 70 151 63 66
23 83 Springfield, MO 72 17 270 97 264 157 44 102 178 97
24 86 Evansville, IN 101 44 197 293 132 280 127 17 49 135
25 88 Des Moins, IA 64 43 321 265 270 52 178 102 178 62
26 89 Siouz Falls, SD 105 75 348 6 158 52 175 151 178 134
27 90 Fort Wayne, IN 58 74 145 360 87 157 128 102 178 115
28 93 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 159 226 130 89 221 52 70 102 178 151
29 97 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN 155 230 144 144 158 81 115 102 178 106
30 103 Saginaw, MI 144 138 130 242 221 120 70 63 178 125
31 104 Rockford, IL 94 133 84 276 65 81 320 63 178 178
32 110 Madison, WI 116 52 241 210 53 81 352 151 178 77
33 112 Green Bay, WI 79 8 241 170 53 157 352 225 60 133
34 115 Ann Arbor, MI 104 163 130 219 221 157 70 102 178 144
35 116 Canton-Massilon, OH 145 148 120 113 186 157 241 24 178 179
36 118 Flint, MI 175 261 130 154 221 52 70 151 178 117
37 119 Dayton, OH 64 41 120 227 186 52 241 225 178 170
38 121 Bloomington-Normal, IL 205 201 84 105 65 36 320 34 178 259
39 123 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 137 177 130 306 221 120 70 102 178 124
40 124 Fargo, ND 115 35 294 197 65 81 158 151 178 214
41 133 Lexington, KY 118 187 233 349 259 81 117 102 178 91
42 148 Elkhart-Goshen, IN 163 175 145 249 87 81 128 151 178 237
43 149 Springfield, IL 225 267 84 256 65 81 320 34 178 189
44 159 Michigan City-La Porte, IN 263 229 145 138 87 157 128 63 178 205
45 161 La Crosse, WI 255 226 233 46 43 157 229 63 178 190
46 165 Sioux City, IA 155 117 333 102 236 120 210 63 178 222
47 168 Monroe, MI 269 324 130 326 221 157 70 63 178 147
48 168 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 290 308 130 164 221 157 70 225 70 66
49 170 Decatur, IL 171 140 84 29 65 157 320 102 51 315
50 177 Cedar Rapids, IA 131 58 321 236 270 280 178 34 178 102
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