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Emerging Industrial Markets: Kansas City

November 10, 2023 5 Minute Read

Kansas City has become a key logistics hub for many automotive suppliers, distributors and 3PLs due to its strong infrastructure and location. Four major interstates bisect the city and multiple rail intermodal facilities connect to major ports in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Ninety percent of the U.S. is reachable within a two-day drive, making distributor coverage from coast to coast possible. There is also a strong labor pool.
Austin BaierCBRE Senior Vice President


Approximately 2.4 million people–22.8% aged 18 to 34–live within 50 miles of Kansas City, and 14.9 million live within 250 miles.

Figure 1: Kansas City Population Analysis

Source: CBRE Location Intelligence.

Kansas City’s warehouse labor force of 42,801 is expected to grow 6.3% by 2033, according to CBRE Labor Analytics. The average salary for a non-supervisory warehouse worker is $16.54 to $19.43 per hour, with an overall average of $17.78. Kansas City’s unemployment rate is 2.7% as of September 2023 versus 2.3% a year earlier, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the same time period, the state’s unemployment rate rose from 2.6% to 2.9%.

Figure 2: Kansas City Warehouse & Storage Labor Fundamentals

Source: CBRE Labor Analytics.

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