Commodity Flow Report

Commodity Flow Report June 2022

Data Source

This document outlines existing (2017) and future (2050) freight commodity flow conditions for the OKI region. The source for all Commodity Flow Report figures and tables is the publicly available Freight Analysis Framework FAF5.2 Regional Database for 2017 and forecasts up to 2050 (mid-range estimates only).

Freight Analysis Framework (FAF)

The FAF is produced through a partnership between the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). It integrates data from various sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight movement among states and major metropolitan areas by all modes of transportation. The 2017 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) and international trade data from the Census Bureau serve as the backbone of the FAF. They are integrated with ancillary data sources that capture goods movement in agriculture, resource extraction, utility, construction, retail, services, and other sectors. These sources: Census Foreign Trade Statistics; Economic Census data; Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture; Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS); National Highway Planning Network (NHPN); Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS); Energy Information Administration (EIA); and other industrial data. The FAF is updated every five years.

FAF Methodology

The CFS regions are a hybrid of Core-Based Statistical Areas (defined by the Office of Management and Budget) and state boundaries (any single CFS region is limited to only one State). BTS and Census selected these major regional economic centers with the goal of balancing the need for wide geographic representation with the need for data of good quality. The result is a unique region delineation that includes metropolitan areas (including partial), state remainders, and entire states.

The OKI Region consists of two FAF Metropolitan Areas, the Cincinnati-Wilmington-Maysville, OH-KY-IN CFS Area (OH Part) and the Cincinnati-Wilmington-Maysville, OH-KY-IN CFS Area (KY Part). OKI staff combined FAF Areas for the Cincinnati OH-KY-IN (OH Part and KY Part) for this Commodity Flow Report.

Organization of the Commodity Flow Report

Data is presented in four sections:

Raw Data

The raw FAF data used in each figure and table has been recorded in separate worksheets that can be accessed through this Excel document Commodity Flow Report Datasets.

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