41. South Dakota
> Largest export: Pork
> 2014 pork value: $0.20 billion
> Pct. change in pork export value (2013-2014): 12.3%
> Pork as share of total state exports: 12.4%
South Dakota exported close to $200 million worth of pork in 2014, or 12.4% of the state’s total exports. State farmers raise an estimated 1.4 million hogs each year. The state also ships a great deal of soybean byproducts abroad. There is a major processing plant in Volga where oil and meal is processed. Close to 4 million acres of soybeans are grown in the state each year.
> Largest export: Cars and passenger vehicles
> 2014 cars and passenger vehicles value: $2.64 billion
> Pct. change in cars and passenger vehicles export value (2013-2014): 23.8%
> Cars and passenger vehicles as share of total state exports: 8.0%
Cars and passenger vehicles overtook medical instruments as Tennessee’s most valuable export in 2014. Both Volkswagen and General Motors have production hubs in Tennessee. Additionally, Nissan’s North American headquarters is located in Franklin, along with a plant in Smyrna. More than 6% of U.S.-made cars are put together in Tennessee. Medical instruments exports were worth $2.1 billion, accounting for 6.5% of the state’s total exports.
> Largest export: Petroleum
> 2014 petroleum value: $64.15 billion
> Pct. change in petroleum export value (2013-2014): 7.0%
> Petroleum as share of total state exports: 22.2%
Texas exported in 2014 more than $64 billion worth of petroleum, the state’s most valuable export. No other state single product export was nearly as valuable, with Washington’s exports of airplanes — the second most valuable export in the country — worth $15.5 billion less. Texas is one of three Gulf states where petroleum is the most valuable export. Exxonmobil’s corporate headquarter is located in Irving, and British Petroleum operates more than 850 oil wells in east Texas alone.
> Largest export: Gold
> 2014 gold value: $3.76 billion
> Pct. change in gold export value (2013-2014): -53.5%
> Gold as share of total state exports: 30.6%
Though the total value of gold shipped abroad from the state declined by more than 50% from 2013 to 2014, it was still Utah’s most valuable export in 2014 worth more than $3.7 billion. This was more than double the state’s second most valuable export, memory chips, which were worth $1.3 billion. Utah has a long history of gold mining. The precious metal was first discovered in the state in 1858.
> Largest export: Processors
> 2014 processors value: $1.39 billion
> Pct. change in processors export value (2013-2014): -0.6%
> Processors as share of total state exports: 38.3%
While some might expect products such as cheese, maple syrup or ice cream to top the list of Vermont’s most valuable exports, the distinction goes to computer processors. In fact, processors, circuits, and computer parts together accounted for more than 60% of all exports from Vermont. Essex Junction is home to GlobalFoundries’ computer part manufacturing plant. The operation, formerly owned IBM, employs around 3,000 area residents.