Here's the most important export from every US state

ShutterstockIowa is known for its corn.
  • The US Census Bureau publishes data on international trade for each of the 50 US states and Washington, DC.
  • Business Insider took a look at the biggest export good from each state, based on total 2016 dollar value.

International trade is a big part of the US economy, and of the individual state economies that together make up the larger whole.

The US Census Bureau publishes data on international trade for each of the 50 states and Washington, DC, including lists of the top-25 exported goods from each state by dollar value. Based on that, Business Insider took a look at the highest-volume export good from each state, based on total 2016 dollar value.

Exports of aircraft and aircraft parts were the most common category, with 17 states having their biggest export coming from that group.

It’s worth noting the Census data include only trade in physical goods: The US economy is predominantly a service economy, and international trade in services – like an architecture firm based in Chicago designing a building in the UK, or a financial advisor on Wall Street managing a retirement account for a resident of Japan – are not included in this particular data set.

Here’s the biggest export good from each state, based on 2016 dollar value:


ALABAMA: Cars

ShutterstockCars.

ALASKA: Zinc


ARIZONA: Aircraft


ARKANSAS: Aircraft

Juanedc/FlickrA plane’s wing.

CALIFORNIA: Aircraft


COLORADO: Electronics


CONNECTICUT: Aircraft

ShutterstockA plane.

DELAWARE: Medicine

perfectlab/ShutterstockPills.

FLORIDA: Aircraft


GEORGIA: Aircraft


HAWAII: Aircraft parts

Getty ImagesAn aeroplane engine.

IDAHO: Computer memory

ShutterstockAn electronic control panel.

ILLINOIS: Refined oil

Tim Boyle/Getty ImagesOil refinery in Romeoville, Illinois.

INDIANA: Medicine


IOWA: Corn


KANSAS: Aircraft

Stephen Brashear / Stringer / Getty ImagesA plane.

KENTUCKY: Aircraft


LOUISIANA: Soybeans

JTSorrell/Getty ImagesRows of soy bean plants in a field.

MAINE: Lobsters

Ivana Lalicki/ShutterstockLobster.

MARYLAND: Helicopters


MASSACHUSETTS: Gold


MICHIGAN: Trucks


MINNESOTA: Medical supplies

Theo Heimann/Getty ImagesScissors, tweezers and other surgical instruments lie in a operation room.

MISSISSIPPI: Refined Oil


MISSOURI: Trucks

Greg Olson/Getty ImagesTrucks.

MONTANA: Cigarettes

Matt Cardy/Getty ImagesCigarettes.

NEBRASKA: Beef


NEVADA: Gold


NEW HAMPSHIRE: Aircraft parts


NEW JERSEY: Refined oil

Getty ImagesGetting gas.

NEW MEXICO: Computer processors

NaMaKuKi/ShutterstockComputer processor.

NEW YORK: Diamond jewellery


NORTH CAROLINA: Aircraft


NORTH DAKOTA: Crude oil

David McNew/Getty ImagesFracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

OHIO: Aircraft


OKLAHOMA: Aircraft


OREGON: Computer processors


PENNSYLVANIA: Coal


RHODE ISLAND: Silver powder

ShutterstockA silver ring.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Aircraft


SOUTH DAKOTA: Soybean products

ffolas/ShutterstockSoy sauce is a popular soybean product.

TENNESSEE: Medical equipment

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesSurgical tools used in a Veterinary Hospital.

TEXAS: Refined oil


UTAH: Gold


VERMONT: Computer processors

Senior Airman Brittany Bateman/Wikimedia CommonsA small computer technician changes a computer processor.

VIRGINIA: Soybeans


WASHINGTON: Aircraft

ICCJET/FacebookA helicopter.

WEST VIRGINIA: Coal


WISCONSIN: Aircraft


WYOMING: Disodium carbonate


WASHINGTON D.C.: Ammunition


See the full map here:

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census BureauA map of the most important export from every US state.

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