If the Great Lakes region were a country, it would have the third largest economy in the world
We don’t often think about the states and Canadian provinces surrounding the Great Lakes as its own economy – but maybe we should.
After all, the region is tightly integrated in terms of trade. It alone accounts for more than 50% of all U.S./Canadian bilateral border trade and sees over 200 million tons of cargo shipped annually. If it were its own country, it would have a GDP of US$6 trillion – making it the third biggest economy in the world.
An economic powerhouse
Today’s infographic comes from the Council of the Great Lakes Region, and it breaks down the massive economic impact and trade partnerships that stem from the region’s prolific waterways, and the people living around them.