The COVID-19 pandemic transformed many aspects of American life, from work and the economy to social interactions to entertainment and much more. For consumers, one significant change has been the accelerated adoption of delivery services as a part of commerce. I usually get some sort of package delivered every week. And I have to say I also have strong opinions about which service I prefer. It seems like at the apartment complex I live in, there is always at least one delivery truck out. And there might be a reason for that. Charlotte actually does have a lot of delivery drivers compared to other cities of the same general size.
The Delivery Driver Industry
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects continued growth in the delivery driver profession over the years ahead. Between Light Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers there are expected to be an additional 182,900 jobs for delivery drivers between now and 2030. This would be a 12% increase, which is faster than the average for other professions.
As it stands now, some locations have higher concentrations of delivery drivers available than others. The concentration of delivery drivers also varies at the local level. One of the major factors affecting delivery driver concentrations at the metro level is whether a location has a significant shipping and logistics industry. For example, leading cities Memphis and Louisville are home to FedEx and UPS, respectively. While other cities like Cincinnati, Columbus, and Chicago also serve as significant shipping and distribution hubs.
The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics. To determine the locations with the most delivery drivers per capita, researchers at Porch calculated the number of delivery drivers per thousand residents. In the event of a tie, the location with the higher percentage of delivery drivers as a share of total employment was ranked higher. To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 residents were included. Read on to see just where Charlotte ranked when it comes to delivery drivers.