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Metropolitan cities drive North American trade


Published 07 August 2016

Metropolitan cities form the backbone of supply chain and co-production platforms of North American advanced manufacturing.

If auto manufacturing were a country, it would be the 6th largest economy.  China is now the global leader in production, but Detroit is the undisputed capital of innovation and production in the North American auto industry.

Every year, the United States trades over $3.65 billion in motor vehicles and parts with Canada, and over $5 billion with Mexico.  Most of these transactions are among pairs of North American metropolitan trading partners, a story that plays out across other advanced manufacturing industries such as aerospace and electronics.

Metropolitan hubs form the backbone of supply chain and co-production platforms of North American advanced manufacturing.  Explore this data set to see which pairs of cities trade the most and which manufacturing industries are the most integrated in North America.

Read the full report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

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