Mapped: Where America’s Truckers Live, by State


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


Mapped: Where America's Truckers Live, by State

A Heatmap of America’s Truckers

In 2021, the U.S. imported $2.8 trillion worth of goods.

This incredible quantity of goods—along with much of what is produced domestically—is handled by the country’s 1.8 million truckers, which represents the 14th most common occupation nationally.

To see how these truckers are distributed across the nation, we’ve visualized data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to create two separate heat maps.

Key Findings from the Data

The relative density of each state’s truckers is measured by their location quotient.

This represents the ratio of truckers in a state compared to the national average (both as a % of total employment). For example, if truckers made up 10% of a state’s employment, and the national average was 2%, the location quotient for that state would be 5.

This data is listed in the table below.

StateLocation Quotient
Arkansas2.4
Nebraska2.2
Wyoming2.1
Iowa2
North Dakota1.9
Tennessee1.6
Mississippi1.6
Idaho1.5
Wisconsin1.4
Indiana1.4
Alabama1.3
South Dakota1.3
West Virginia1.3
Oklahoma1.3
Texas1.3
Maine1.3
Missouri1.2
Kentucky1.2
Utah1.2
Pennsylvania1.1
Kansas1.1
New Mexico1.1
Georgia1.1
Ohio1.1
Michigan1.1
Montana1.1
South Carolina1.1
North Carolina1.1
New Jersey1
Minnesota1
Illinois1
Oregon0.9
Louisiana0.9
Virginia0.9
New Hampshire0.9
Arizona0.8
Delaware0.8
Florida0.8
Vermont0.8
Colorado0.8
Washington0.8
Nevada0.8
Maryland0.7
California0.7
Connecticut0.6
Rhode Island0.6
Alaska0.6
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