Visualizing the Flow of Goods Across America
Axios has created a data visualization illustrating the flow of goods transported by domestic freight between states in 2015. The visualization uses data from the Freight Analysis Framework, a database tracking commercial goods moved by trucks, trains, planes, or pipelines, to understand state-to-state transfers based on the types of goods and the volume moved. Users can select a type of good such as gasoline, alcoholic beverages, or pharmaceuticals to view how much each state exported or imported to or from other states. Axios used the visualization to determine that, in 2015, the United States shipped 16 million kilotons of goods domestically.