Oklahoma’s central location makes it an easily accessible profit center with streamlined connections to over 80 million people within a 500-mile radius.
In the past 20 years regional population increased over 9.6 million. Between the years 2010 and 2030, 44% population growth is projected for the West South Central region, compared to 29% for the nation.
Oklahoma has four Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ 53, FTZ 106, FTZ 164, and FTZ 227) and several subzones positioned for air, ground transport, and water.
Two international airports in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, both designated as Foreign Trade Zones, are served by major airlines and provide access to all domestic and international destinations. Oklahoma is also home to 140 public-use airports in 126 cities, and has seven airports offering commercial services.
Oklahoma has 3,763 miles of operated railroad track, including 2,535 miles of Class I service. Major rail providers include Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Kansas City Southern. Oklahoma’s 22 freight railroads ship 300 million tons of freight annually.
Oklahoma industry is served by over 12,000 miles of highway. The state is a hub for I-35, I-40, I-44, US-69, and other major trade routes. In 2007, the trucking industry moved 484.5 million tons of freight in Oklahoma. By 2035 the amount is projected to grow to 769.5 tons, a 59% increase.
Oklahoma’s strategic location is able to supply 20 states by waterway. With three inland ports, Oklahoma has ideal access to North America via the 445-mile, multipurpose McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System which connects the Tulsa Port of Catoosa to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and seaports worldwide. The Port of Catoosa and the Port of Muskogee are also Foreign Trade Zones.