Louisville/Jefferson County metro exports are most similar to Cleveland-Elyria in 2017

Louisville/Jefferson County metro area exported $8.93 billion in 2017, $19.09 million less than Cleveland-Elyria, according to the International Trade Administration.

The ITA promotes trade and investments in the United States through data aggregation and studies on global markets and specific U.S. regions. The agency utilizes its research to negotiate on behalf of U.S. industries and is also responsible for enforcing compliance with trade agreements.

The ITA reports trade totals for exports in the largest export metros in the U.S. The Cleveland-Elyria metro area, which consists of five counties, exported $8.94 billion in 2017. The U.S. metro area with the nearest export total was the ten-county Louisville/Jefferson County metro area in Kentucky and Indiana.

The metro area responsible for the most exports in the U.S. was Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, a nine-county metro area in Texas. It exported $95.76 billion in 2017, or $86.82 billion more than Cleveland-Elyria.

The following table shows the value of total exports for other metros with export totals similar to Cleveland-Elyria.

Metro Area
Total exported (in billions)
Difference from Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (in millions)
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
Laredo, TX
Memphis, TN-MS-AR
Cleveland-Elyria, OH
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
Baton Rouge, LA
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

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