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More than 80% of “last-mile” distribution locations lie more than 10 miles from DC’s population center

  • ​Among major “last-mile” distribution and logistics facilities around the Washington, DC metro, 3.3 m.s.f. of facilities lie an average of 20 miles away from the highest population density area in the District, located near Logan Circle. Today, only 11% of all last-mile facilities are located within 10 miles.
  • Approximately 44% of all locations within 15 miles of Logan Circle have opened since 2016, showing the trend of facilities moving inward toward population centers.
  • Maryland and Virginia both play a large role in last-mile distribution, with Prince George’s County containing 11 of the 14 last-mile facilities in Suburban Maryland, while Northern Virginia contains 13 facilities. Most Virginia facilities are largely focused around either Dulles or the I-95 Corridor between Alexandria and Springfield. 
  • Most “final-mile” parcel carriers and other logistics tenants tend to focus on locating within a 20-mile radius of major cities. As last-mile logistics become more important with the growing emphasis on e-commerce distribution, we will likely see that 20-mile radius continue to shrink to quicker serve the urban population with that growth occurring in the NE and SE quadrants of Washington, DC as well as Alexandria in Virginia and Prince George’s County in Maryland.​
Source: JLL Research

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