What's So Great About Southeastern Freight?
Updated: Mar 16
From steel and lumber, to automotive and construction, the southeastern region of the United States is the leading market in terms of population and economic growth. Following the 2009-2018 Great Recession, the average annual growth rate has been just over 2%. However, in the southeast, some estimates have put the GDP growth as high as 3.5% over that same time period. This shows that the GDP growth is almost double what it is across the rest of the country. This rise in GDP in the south is a result from the migration of traditional industries to this region.
GDP has a strong correlation with how many people live in those areas and it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the southeast, which has the combined population of 12 states and approximately 83 million citizens (a quarter of people living in the United States), also has the biggest GDP share, standing at 21.4% of total GDP. The southeastern states that we look at and cover in our online map routes (South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee), account for a significant portion of production for industrial and consumer purposes.
The interactive map on our website shows examples of routes that carriers take across the southeastern region and the different freight that can be hauled from place to place. For example, a carrier may visit 10 different cities across the region on a specific route, hauling 6 different types of loads. To see these routes, CLICK HERE!
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