A trade hub is a highly populated system in a region where large amounts of items are bought and sold. The amount of trade in a trade hub exceeds the amount of trade in other systems in the same region by far. Generally there are 1 or 2 stations in the system where most of the trading is done, for example Jita IV - moon 4.
There exist several other trade hubs and minor trade hubs throughout the regions.
MMOData.net has a Trade Hub ranking
How to find a Trade Hub
To get a good idea which are the trade hubs you can use the following criteria :
- Market data, ( market value and number of orders ) from the reports of EVE Market data
- Ingame map, go to "star map" and then "ingame statistics", there choose "number of pilots currently docked and active", the biggest circles are potential trade hubs.
The most prominent trade hub in the universe at the moment is the Caldari Navy Assembly Plant station orbiting the fourth moon at the fourth planet in Jita in The Forge region, the common reference is Jita 4-4 or just Jita.
Jita has always been one of the frontlines in the war against lag, as well as the recordholder of concurrent players in 1 system. After the introduction of StacklessIO, Eve64, improved load balancing with Nodes and various other software and hardware improvements and upgrades. The latest record is over 2000 concurrent players.
Past trade hubs
The Yulai system was the the first super trade hub and operated at a universal scale, linked to the sovereign space of each empire faction by a superhighway of gates. Concord decided to close to the superhighway to ease congestion and trade quickly declined. Today it plays an insignificant role in trade.
2d EveMaps has many of the trade hubs marked ( outdated ).
Eve-tools has a Trade Hubs ranking ( bugged ).
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