Regional Freight Profile

Economic Impact and Jobs

Freight activity is a critical component of the Nashville regional economy. Over 300,000 jobs are directly related to key freight-dependent sectors: construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and retail trade. These sectors include contractors, tire manufacturers, cement manufacturers, car dealerships, and truckers. Freight-dependent sectors have experienced consistent growth after bottoming out in 2010 during the economic recession.

Freight-Related Employment Over Time

Freight-Related Employment by County, 2014

Manufacturing Employment Density

Nashville Area Map
  • Manufacturing Employment per Square Mile
  • 0
  • 1-25
  • 26-100
  • 101-250
  • >250
  • Density of manufacturing employment as predicted by the MPO's land use model. This includes jobs such as construction, millwork, and food product machinery. Manufacturing employment is largely concentrated along interstate corridors.
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