The United States industrial sector is on fire. It is constantly named as the best commercial real estate sector due to the strong economic growth and rapid rise in e-commerce that has occupiers looking to expand and modernize their distribution facilities. While there is strong growth in the primary markets, the secondary markets are where the most growth is happening in the industrial sector.

Here are six markets where industrial real estate is in high demand.

Charleston, South Carolina

The industrial sector in Charleston is led by BMW, as the car company’s regional manufacturing industry is revving up since new Volvo and Mercedes-Benz plants are bringing thousands of jobs to the region. A $529 million dredging project will deepen Charleston’s harbor to 52 feet, establishing it as the deepest waterway on the East Coast and shifting port volume into the next gear with big ship services that will bring in “Neo-Panamax” vessels.


Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads to America and is home to the seventh largest cargo airport in the country, which is also the second largest FedEx hub in the world. The city boasts an appealing tax structure and business-friendly vibe, making it a go-to regional distribution market.

Las Vegas

The Las Vegas industrial market has seen some of the strongest economic fundamentals in the country, driving increased demand for industrial space from both regional distributors and expanding local businesses. The region has local advantages such as access to two interstate highways, the Union Pacific Railroad and the McCarran International Airport, all of which provide occupiers access to over 26 million consumers in Southern California, where some of the largest ports in the U.S. are located.

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is an international distribution hub and global supply chain center that has infrastructure that solid. The city includes the nation’s largest cargo airport, five Class One railroads, 490 trucking terminals, and 11 highways. The International Port of Memphis is the fifth largest inland port in the United States and feeds cargo to the region’s large rail network that includes nine rail yards/ According to NREI, the industrial market has experienced high leasing and development activity over the past six to twelve months, with absorption of 5.5 million square feet.

St. Louis

St. Louis offers a central location and a healthy logistics network that has supported strong leasing activity and absorption in St. Louis’ industrial market, with large e-commerce occupiers taking large blocks of space. The industrial sector is projected to take advantage of the increase in e-commerce growth.

Kansas City

According to Colliers International, Kansas City is a thriving industrial market due to its geographically-centralized location, superior infrastructure, and business-friendly foreign trade zone program. Kansas City is home to the largest rail center in the U.S. by tonnage and is ideally located at the crossroads of the east-to-west corridor and the route from Mexico to Canada. Multiple intermodal facilities and infrastructure continue to spur development activity within the industrial market.