Woodworkers: Which Cities Have the Most?

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 12/09/2013 2:53PM


2014 Wood Industry AlmanacInformation in this article was drawn from the 2014 Wood Industry Almanac   Which U.S. cities have the most cabinetmakers and bench carpenters? Dallas tops the list, with Los Angeles a close second.

It's true that woodworkers gravitate to areas with greater population density. But that is just one part of the equation. Local market conditions also have an impact on whether woodworkers congregate in an area. For example, consumer and local architectural design trends may favor cabinetry over other interior design approaches. 

click image to zoomCities with the most cabinetmakers and bench carpenters. And most by state.Source: Monarch Metal Fabrication, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Fast growing Florida shows a plentiful distribution of cabinetmakers and bench carpenters on the state map. But neither Miami nor any other Florida city shows up in the top list of states for woodworkers - even though Jacksonville is the 12th largest city in the U.S.

Likewise fast-growing Phoenix, the nation's 6th largest city - except for woodworking. The same goes forr the whole state of Arizona, not listed in the top woodworking states. 

Angie's List, meanwhile, has a sightly different take on the largest cities for cabinet makers. Its numbers are higher than those of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from which the tables are drawn.

Of the businesses it lists as cabinet makers - which includes at least some non-manufacturing cabinet designers - Angie's List also provides a corresponding number that are regarded as "Top Rated" cabinet makers based on reviews by its members.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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