Truck parking, state by state

Click on the state in the map below for Overdrive’s weighted rank measure of trucking parking shortages (the lower the number, the worse the problem). RED states are where the problem is worst. BLUE states are where parking is most plentiful. GRAY marks those in the middle. The percentage with each state indicates the share of spaces that are publicly controlled.

See the information below the map for detail on the state-by-state data in the three categories analyzed to determine Overdrive’s weighted rank measure. Likewise below, find the magazine’s most recent coverage of the truck parking issue.

How the ranking is determined

This weighted ranking of states with the most severe parking problems is based upon three elements. Two are from the comprehensive federal inventory and study of truck parking, published this year. The third is from Overdrive‘s reader survey.

1. In the federal study, states with the fewest number of public and private parking spaces per estimated annual 100,000 truck vehicle miles traveled were ranked from least to most, 1-48.

2. Also from the federal study, states with the fewest number of public and private parking spaces per 100 miles of national highway system roadway also were ranked from least to most.

3. Overdrive’s survey asked respondents to name the three states in which they had the most difficulty finding parking. The survey included responses from readers of sister publications TruckersNews and CCJ.

The overall ranking is a weighted average of the three separate rankings, giving equal weight to the first and third. No. 2 is weighted less because it does not directly account for differences in traffic volume. States are ranked from California at the top, where the parking issues are most pronounced, to Wyoming at the bottom, where few truckers report parking problems and spaces are plentiful.

The public percentage indicates the percentage of overall state parking inventory in rest areas, weigh stations or other publicly owned facilities.

Recent coverage of the parking issue on