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Seattle is still #1 when it comes to number of cranes – but not alone

Yes, Seattle is still #1 when it comes to the number of cranes in the country – but these days it is sharing the spotlight with Los Angeles. The crane index is provided by Rider Levett Bucknall – its quarterly report tracks the number of active cranes in thirteen major cities in the United States and Canada. The purpose behind the report is to track and measure the current state of construction industry’s workload in each of those areas. The report was analyzed by Construction Dive, a publication dedicated to construction industry news. 

The ever-evolving Seattle skyline!

While Seattle was a clear winner during Q1 of 2018, with a staggering 65 cranes, today it is tied for first place with Los Angeles, which was in third place during the same quarter last year. During the second quarter of 2019 Rider Levett Bucknall reported 49 cranes in Seattle and Los Angeles. The number two position in the United States is held by our neighbors to the south – Portland, Oregon with 30 cranes. Washington DC comes in third place with 28, followed by Chicago and New York City, with 27 each. San Francisco round out the top five in the US with 23 cranes. 

According to Construction Dive, this is the first time in three years that Emerald City did not triumph over all other cities in the United States. It is important to note that Toronto has the most active cranes in north America – with an astonishing 120 active crane towers. In addition, the West Coast count of 159 (the number does include Phoenix) is more than double of the East Coast total – with just 69 cranes. 

While the number of cranes in Seattle is down year-over-year, there are still plenty of opportunities out there. Thinking of buying new construction? We’ve got the scoop! Contact us at 206.910.5000 or at today!

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