U.S. Midwest Site Selector

The Site Selector offers an objective ranking of 331 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 Southeast 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.

2005
Regi
onal
Rank

2005
Nati
onal
Rank

Metropolitan
Area

T&D
Idustry
Rank
Work
Force/
Labor
Rank
Road
Infrastructure
Rank

Road
Density,
Con
gestion
& Safe
ty
Rank

Road
Conditio
Rank
Interstate
Highway
Rank
Taxes
&
Fees
Rank

Railroad Rank

Waterborne
Commerce
Rank

Air
Cargo
Rank
2004
National
Rank
2003
National
Rank
2002
National
Rank
1 1

Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH

18 97 118 97 123 10 147 11 17 38 4 16 13
2 2 St. Louis, MO 2 40 200 228 138 10 94 3 23 27 14 23 19
3 4 Chicago, IL 6 154 107 320 35 2 195 1 33 3 43 35 16
4 4 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 8 95 248 243 4 10 109 14 44 25 6 4 9
5 7 Kansas City, MO-Kansas City, KS 15 108 249 53 152 10 145 9 55 33 12 14 21
6 9 Detroit, MI 5 72 149 323 178 10 50 36 24 23 64 30 66
7 14

Louisville, KY

37 134 225 193 145 18 82 6 43 55 11 7 2
8 19 Toledo, OH 72 51 118 221 123 18 147 24 40 104 5 47 46
9 20 Cincinnati, OH 40 182 209 224 157 18 102 29 38 28 48 26 15
10 23 Indianapolis, IN 24 153 161 283 79 18 63 21 165 34 15 25 23
11 29 Gary, IN 44 3 161 320 79 10 63 2 22 274 51 50 45
12 34 Columbus, OH 36 132 118 244 123 32 147 24 165 37 16 48 49
13 42 Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 24 43 229 314 65 32 314 79 56 44 92 115 98
14 43 Akron, OH 75 187 118 102 123 32 147 24 165 93 46 94 85
15 44 Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI 52 130 149 251 178 54 50 114 64 66 96 93 102
16 48 Youngstown-Warren, OH 80 76 118 112 123 54 147 5 165 167 81 105 106
17 53

Peoria-Pekin, IL

118 181 107 119 35 54 195 4 165 116 94 68 42
18 61 Evansville, IN-Henderson, KY 92 17 208 254 122 161 77 10 54 135 202 193 73
19 66 South Bend, IN 141 22 161 100 79 100 63 85 165 106 54 77 59
20 69 Omaha, NE 20 32 304 256 225 32 204 42 165 54 117 96 84
21 71 Davenport, IA-Moline-Rock Island, IL 108 250 160 72 118 32 186 43 165 103 91 53 30
22 73 Wichita, KS 100 143 253 34 48 54 310 55 165 78 34 56 63
23 79

Des Moines, IA

56 28 284 212 252 54 110 90 165 62 49 65 67
24 83 Springfield, MO 67 49 241 79 192 161 59 80 165 97 93 103 132
25 84 Rockford, IL 94 71 107 223 35 100 195 39 165 178 151 120 69
26 85 Fort Wayne, IN 49 15 161 325 79 161 63 85 165 115 107 132 112
27 88 Canton-Massillon, OH 125 27 118 106 123 161 147 18 165 179 67 118 114
28 91 Sioux Falls, SD 87 7 326 8 176 54 98 187 165 134 84 205 178
29 92 Duluth, MN-Superior, WI 183 295 241 142 45 100 214 32 11 144 73 106 100
30 93 Champaign-Urbana, IL 198 274 107 63 35 54 195 11 165 174 115 72 44
31 98

Dayton-Springfield, OH

81 171 118 200 123 54 147 212 165 73 25 66 83
32 108 Springfield, IL 228 118 107 163 35 100 195 18 165 189 158 136 80
33 109 Huntington-Ashland, WV 153 42 239 24 187 161 160 169 7 195 196 187 93
34 111 Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN 95 2 281 137 65 100 107 147 165 214 39 46 82
35 112 Bloomington-Normal, IL 218 203 107 71 35 54 195 18 165 259 111 117 74
36 114 Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI 147 220 149 158 178 100 50 114 165 125 179 134 109
37 115 Lexington, KY 122 206 264 144 188 100 96 116 165 91 105 102 47
38 119

Charleston, WV

148 152 227 111 214 54 271 82 165 121 264 264 284
39 126 Bismarck, ND 190 88 331 40 55 100 79 145 165 187 76 127 209
40 128 Elkhart-Goshen, IN 160 54 161 226 79 100 63 135 165 237 123 107 117
41 129 Lansing-East Lansing, MI 180 287 149 101 178 54 50 159 165 151 125 85 125
42 132 Madison, WI 124 141 229 172 65 100 314 174 165 77 148 162 152
43 133 Green Bay, Wis. 75 61 229 191 65 161 314 236 66 133 89 182 134
44 135 Sioux City, IA 137 9 300 63 246 100 187 82 165 222 142 116 92
45 140 Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI 150 245 149 237 178 100 50 159 165 124 181 153 195
46 141 Hamilton-Middletown, OH 132 101 118 259 123 161 147 24 165 274 170 184 240
47 143 Cedar Rapids, IA 143 251 284 199 252 161 110 22 165 102 184 144 143
48 145 Lima, OH 177 69 118 192 123 161 147 52 165 274 100 176 203
49 150 Flint, MI 203 317 149 159 178 54 50 200 165 117 195 129 173
50 151 St. Cloud, MN 110 1 251 254 1 161 92 230 165 205 79 54 71
Source: Based on material developed by Expansion Management and Logistics Today
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