12 US Cities Where Exports Are Booming

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According to a new report from the Commerce Department, exports from America’s metropolitan areas increased by 16 per cent from 2010 to total $1.31 trillion in 2011.206 of the 367 metropolitan areas with available data saw record-high merchandise exports in 2011.

And cities that have recently been devastated by  hurricanes are leading the way.

We put together a list of 12 metros that saw the biggest increases in 2011.  We also included their top exports and the top destination for those goods.

Providence, Rhode Island

2010-2011 growth: 23.2 per cent

Top sector: Manufactured metal products ($2.7 bn; 38.5 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: United Kingdom

Source: Trade.gov

New York, New York

2010-2011 growth: 23.5 per cent

Top sector: Miscellaneous manufactured commodities ($20.5 billion; 19.5 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Canada

Source: Trade.gov

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2010-2011 growth: 24.7 per cent

Top sector: Mining ($6.1 billion; 40.1 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Canada

Source: Trade.gov

Houston, Texas

2010-2011 growth: 29.6 per cent

Top sector: Petroleum and coal products ($35.2 billion; 33.7 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Mexico

Source: Trade.gov

Peoria, Illinois

2010-2011 growth: 36.7 per cent

Top sector: Non-electrical machinery ($11.9 billion; 78.6 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Canada

Source: Trade.gov

Davenport, Iowa

2010-2011 growth: 40.3 per cent

Top sector: Non-electrical machinery ($5 billion; 74.9 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Canada

Source: Trade.gov

Beaumont, Texas

2010-2011 growth: 43.4 per cent

Top sector: Petroleum and coal products ($2.7 billion; 49 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Mexico

Source: Trade.gov

Salt Lake City, Utah

2010-2011 growth: 45.3 per cent

Top sector: Manufactured metal products ($12.0 billion; 76.9 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Hong Kong

Source: Trade.gov

New Orleans, Louisiana

2010-2011 growth: 45.6 per cent

Top sector: Petroleum and coal products ($10.2 billion; 50.4 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Japan

Source: Trade.gov

Brownsville, Texas

2010-2011 growth: 52.3 per cent

Top sector: Computer and electronic products ($899 million; 14.9 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Mexico

Source: Trade.gov

San Antonio, Texas

2010-2011 growth: 63.7 per cent

Top sector: Transportation equipment ($615 million; 5.9 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Mexico

Source: Trade.gov

Corpus Christi, Texas

2010-2011 growth: 98.3 per cent

Top sector: Petroleum and coal products ($3.5 billion; 62 per cent share of total exports)

Top destination: Mexico

Source: Trade.gov

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