Auto Transport by Region: The West South Central States
The West South Central region is a region comprised of four U.S. states – Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The largest and most expansive by far is Texas, and as such it acts as almost a hub for the entire region. Home to over 30 million residents, the West South Central is a major part of the United States and its economy, particularly Texas as it is one of the most important states in terms of economics, as it is home to several major ports along the Gulf of Mexico, is rich with oil, and is one of the fastest-growing states in the country with a diverse economic landscape composed partly of financing and banking, healthcare, insurance, and so much more. Louisiana, too, has an important role to play in the West South Central, particularly the port city of New Orleans.
Transporting a vehicle into the region can be tricky depending on where you’re shipping to, but like most everywhere else in the country it helps your cause to ship to major metro areas within the region as opposed to somewhere small and hard to get to. Texas, for instance, is huge, and is home to two cities that are in the Top 10 largest cities in the U.S., but there’s also a lot of Texas that is barren and inhospitable – and, therefore, uninhabited. Uninhabited areas suck for transporters because it’s just part of the drive, there’s nowhere they can stop to find new customers, even in the small, rinky-dink towns in west Texas. In fact the west south central states are all like Texas – large, but with only a few scattered population centers. The rest is simply uninhabited land, generally cut up by freeways and the like.
Speaking of freeways, there are several major interstates that service the West South Central states, most notably I-10, I-20 and I-40, three major east-west interstates that work to provide access to most major metro areas in the region. I-10 is the most southern interstate in the region, running through western and southern Texas and also through southern Louisiana. I-20 runs through northern Texas and provides access to major cities in the northern parts of the state, while I-40 runs through Oklahoma and into Arkansas. Several north-south interstates also service the region, including I-35 in Texas and Oklahoma and I-49 in Louisiana and Arkansas. If you’re looking for more information on the region, you can read about the individual states via our Auto Transport States directory, and if you need quotes to ship a vehicle to or from a city in the region you can always call us toll-free to discuss it with a live agent.