Top 20 metro areas with highest % of U.S. population within one day drive

by Josh Bays, on Nov 10, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Keeping up with a shifting customer base can be a difficult proposition for many transportation and logistics planners. As companies continue to optimize their logistics networks and reduce transportation costs, they are forced to keep up with meaningful changes in population trends. Distribution_shelves

“Given the same-day service trend prevalent in today’s market, and a truck driver’s on-the-road limit of 11 hours per day, it makes sense for companies to cluster in areas that give them the greatest access to their consumer base,” said Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group.

Site Selection Group calculated the percent of the overall United States population within an 11-hour of drive time of each metropolitan and metropolitan statistical area. The following table shows the top 20 MSAs with the largest population base within a one day’s drive time.

Top 20 Metro Areas with the Largest Population Base within
One Day’s Drive Time


  Rank    Metropolitan Statistical Area    % of U.S. Population within  
  One Day Drive
  1     Mansfield, OH   50.30%
  2     Bucyrus, OH   49.80%
  3     Dayton, OH   49.80%
  4     Cincinnati, OH   49.70%
  5     Fremont, OH   49.50%
  6     Knoxville, TN   49.40%
  7     Indianapolis, IN   49.40%
  8     Tiffin, OH   49.30%
  9     North Vernon, IN   49.30%
  10     Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA   49.30%
  11     Madison, IN   49.30%
  12     Springfield, OH   49.20%
  13     Ashland, OH   49.10%
  14     Zanesville, OH   49.00%
  15     Richmond, IN   49.00%
  16     Greeneville, TN   49.00%
  17     Columbus, IN   49.00%
  18     Mount Vernon, OH   48.90%
  19     Norwalk, OH   48.90%
  20     Morristown, TN   48.90%



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