Centrally Located With Excellent Infrastructure

Missouri's central location and extensive transportation infrastructure can give you an edge over the competition.

Missouri's Advantages

  • Missouri is located within 600 miles of 52% of U.S. manufacturing establishments.
  • Missouri is located within 600 miles of 51% of all U.S. households.
  • Missouri has the 9th best transportation network in the nation based on value of goods shipped by air, land and water, the availability of air travel, and the quality of roads (CNBC).
  • Missouri is ranked 10th in the U.S. for railroad mileage.
  • Missouri ranks 10th for inland waterway mileage in the United States.

Infrastructure Details

Highways

With major interstates including I-64, I-44, I-70, I-55, I-35, and I-29, Missouri has the seventh largest highway system in the nation and boasts some of the least congested highways in the country (Reason Foundation).

Missouri Roads by the Numbers:

All public roads: 129,717 miles
State Highway miles: 33,677
Interstate miles: 1,181
Road bridges: 24,245

(Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2008)

Rail

Missouri is ideally suited for exporting products across the United States via rail. Two of the largest rail terminals in the United States are located in Kansas City and St. Louis, linking over 4,000 miles of track throughout the state (MERIC). Missouri is ranked 10th in the U.S. for railroad mileage.

Missouri provides inexpensive and efficient shipping across the country via six class-one carriers: Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, CSX, and Canadian National.

Waterways

By housing the confluence of the two largest river systems in North America, Missouri provides efficient channels for trade and distribution through over 1,000 miles of navigable waterways, which move an average of $4.1 billion in cargo annually. Missouri ranks 10th for inland waterway mileage in the United States.

Twenty-nine industrial centers, with a combined population of 90 million, can be reached from St. Louis by barge.

Missouri has 13 public port authorities and one regional port commission (Missouri Port Authorities).

Airports

Missouri travelers can reach most cities in the United States and Canada in less than three hours by air. Which means you and your business are only a short flight away from nearly everywhere in North America. Whether you’re flying in cargo from New York or you need to make a quick trip to your offices in San Francisco, your destination is within reach.

The airport system in Missouri consists of approximately 140 public airports, with two airports supporting major commercial passenger traffic: Lambert-St. Louis International and Kansas City International.

Springfield, Branson, Joplin, Columbia, Cape Girardeau, KirksvilleWaynesville (Fort Leonard Wood) also have commercial service.