Salt Lake City and Ontario, California, battle it out for the worst markets while Iowa has two contenders in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.
Is there a dark horse?
Let’s get to it.
The SONAR map above is showing wait times in color and tender rejections in elevation. The darker the color blue and the higher the elevation would indicate a market with tight capacity and lower wait times.
Good news here as there are a lot of darker blue markets.
Bad news is that the elevations are pretty scarce and not in the bellwether markets.
The worst offenders in wait times are at the top of this next SONAR chart.
Rockford, Illinois, is topping this list at 164 minutes of wait time. That’s 10 pickleball games! The only thing good about pickleball is that the games are short.
Question: Can you sweat while playing pickleball? I mean, can you work up a sweat like an actual sport?
Back to it …
In spite of the horribly long 164-minute wait in Rockford and the annoying quasi-athletes on the pickleball courts, it is not the worst market. That title goes to …
Salt Lake City.
The SONAR chart above is showing the Suckage Table on the left side.
SLC – Salt Lake City just barely edges out Ontario.
A minute more in wait time does not negate the higher rejections in Salt Lake. It is the outbound load volumes of Ontario that make it a somewhat more desirable market.
If you wait in Ontario, you will get a load. SLC is another story.
So which market is the best?
Glad you asked.
Rapid City, South Dakota, is topping the list in the SONAR chart above with the shortest wait times in the country.
But that is not the whole story. I mean, who’s going to deadhead to Rapid City?
This next SONAR chart has the Suckage Table in reverse. Best on top!
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is the best market in the country, just edging out Cedar Rapids and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
It does not have the lowest wait times in the country but the rejection rate is near 20% and the tender volumes are solid.
Peace and love.