Truck Drivers

Around one-third of trucker drivers come from these 3 states

The trucking industry is, for lack of a better term, huge. It is estimated that there are 3.6 million truck drivers in the United States, according to the Census Bureau, which would make up over 1% of the country’s population.

That means that each state, on average, has around 72,000 truckers on average. But it’s not all even.

In fact, a very large percentage of truckers in the United States are spread among just three states, with major trucking hubs being in specific locations. Unfortunately, those locations aren’t overwhelmingly surprising.

Around one-third of truck drivers reside in either Texas, California, or Florida

The exact order goes like this:

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Florida

Coming in at number four is Pennsylvania, which is the fifth-most populated US state.

That said, these three states are also atop the list of most populated states in the US, so it’s no surprise that they lead the nation in truck drivers. But which state would you see the most truck drivers? In other words, which state has the highest density of truck drivers?

Three entirely different states have a higher density of truck drivers

As unsurprising as the last list was, this one might turn some heads. The highest density of truckers by state goes like this, according to Visual Capitalist:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Nebraska
  3. Wyoming
  4. Iowa
  5. North Dakota

So in simpler terms, the Midwest has a very high density of truckers in its lowest-populated states.

The state with the lowest density of truck drivers is New York, which is still among US states with the most truck drivers — this is likely because it is the country’s fourth-most-populated state. NY is closely followed in lowest density by Rhode Island, Connecticut, and, surprisingly, Massachusetts.

Whiteline Express’s primary states are relatively average, with Michigan, Ohio, and Texas all coming between a density of 1.1% to 1.3%.

Which state surprised you the most?

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5 Famous People Who Used to Be Truckers

No matter what your opinion is on truckers, there is a simple truth that will never change — trucking is essential work. Without it, we wouldn’t have food to eat, household goods, or even gasoline for our cars. Because of this, it will always be a popular profession.

It always has been one, too.

In fact, even with a shortage of drivers at hand, over 1% of the US population drives a truck. To put a number on it, we have an estimated 3.5 million drivers across America. With numbers like that, you will inevitably have drivers who either were famous, are famous, or will become famous in the future. Today, we’re looking at the most famous celebrities who used to be truck drivers.

Truck Driver No. 5: Liam Neeson

When you think of Liam Neeson as a truck driver, the first thing that will come to mind is probably his role as a trucker in The Ice Road, a 2021 film that can be found on Netflix. Despite mixed reviews, the movie focuses on an ice driver who is on a rescue mission and does an interesting job portraying the profession.

What many people don’t know, however, is that Neeson was a truck driver as a young adult. He didn’t drive a big-rid but he was a forklift driver in his younger years, something that he reference multiple times during media coverage of the film.

Truck Driver No. 4: Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean has created popular music for quite a long time. The 45-year-old has seen success in the industry since the early 2000s. Two decades later, he’s still chugging along, but what was he doing before this?

Many don’t know this, but Aldean was a local truck driver in Georgia, delivering Pepsi products to convenience stores. I guess being an international rockstar seemed a bit more glamorous than this.

Truck Driver No. 3: James Cameron

As you can see, there’s an apparent pipeline for truckers to become famous in the film industry — maybe this is your queue. James Cameron is best known for movies like Avatar, Titanic, and The Terminator, though he came from humble beginnings.

In order to save up money for films early in his career, Cameron was a truck driver. This would eventually lead to his path to stardom in the film industry, where he is known as one of the greatest directors of all time.

Truck Driver No. 2: Chevy Chase

Like two of the aforementioned celebrities, Chevy Chase is known for his work in the film and television industry. Chase is best remembered for driving a four-wheel station wagon across America in National Lampoon’s Vacation. After finishing med school and performing in a jazz band, Chase drove trucks until his big break as a comedian and actor.

Truck Driver No. 1: Elvis Presley

Do I need to give any background on Elvis Presley? The king of rock n’ roll is one of the most famous human beings in American history. As depicted in the 2022 Baz Luhrmann film Elvis, the musician was a truck driver before breaking onto the music scene.

Elvis drove for Crown Electric Company and it is said that his popular slicked-back hairstyle was popular among truck drivers at the time.