Peoria metro exports are most similar to Pittsburgh in 2017

Peoria metro area exported $9.40 billion in 2017, $80.86 million more than Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh metro area, which consists of seven counties, exported $9.32 billion in 2017. The U.S. metro area with the nearest export total was the five-county Peoria metro area in Illinois.

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 $86.44 billion more than Pittsburgh.

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

Metro Area
Total exported (in billions)
Difference from Peoria, IL (in millions)
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN
St. Louis, MO-IL
Peoria, IL
Pittsburgh, PA
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
Laredo, TX
Memphis, TN-MS-AR

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