Top Selling Products From Each State

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6. Colorado
> Largest export:
Beef
> 2014 beef value: $0.79 billion
> Pct. change in beef export value (2013-2014): 16.9%
> Beef as share of total state exports: 9.5%

Colorado’s economy is relatively diverse with no single product type accounting for more than 10% of the state’s exports. Beef, however, which is the biggest export, has had an increasing share of the state total exports, with value rising from 7.9% in 2013 to 9.5% in 2015. Colorado is the third-largest exporter of beef in the country behind Kansas and Nebraska. It is the only state among the five largest livestock exporters that is not located in the nation’s farm belt. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, there are roughly 15,000 beef producing operations in the state, and and nearly one-third of counties depend on the cattle industry.

7. Connecticut
> Largest export:
Aircraft and aircraft parts
> 2014 aircraft and aircraft parts value: $6.71 billion
> Pct. change in aircraft and aircraft parts export value (2013-2014): -8.5%
> Aircraft and aircraft parts as share of total state exports: 43.5%

Aircraft and aircraft parts made up 42.1% of all export revenue in Connecticut — by far the largest of any product category. Sikorsky, one of the country’s largest manufacturers of both military and commercial helicopters, has a manufacturing facility in Trumbull. Sikorsky recently made headlines when its parent company United Technologies sold it to defense technology giant Lockheed Martin. The industry’s total state exports totalled $6.71 billion in 2014, making Connecticut the fifth largest exporter of aircraft in the country.

8. Delaware
> Largest export:
Medication
> 2014 medication value: $1.59 billion
> Pct. change in medication export value (2013-2014): 29.5%
> Medication as share of total state exports: 30.0%

Medication products were far and away the most valuable exports in Delaware, totalling $1.59 billion and accounting for 30% of all products shipped out of the state. Delaware is not a large state, nor does it have a very large economy — and all of the state’s exports accounted for just 0.3% of U.S. exports.

9. Florida
> Largest export:
Aircraft and aircraft parts
> 2014 aircraft and aircraft parts value: $4.78 billion
> Pct. change in aircraft and aircraft parts export value (2013-2014): 0.3%
> Aircraft and aircraft parts as share of total state exports: 8.2%

While the Sunshine State is famous for its oranges, this product category is not the state’s chief export. The aircraft manufacturing industry actually generates the most value in exports, at roughly $4.8 billion in 2014. According to Enterprise Florida, the state’s aviation and aerospace industry is the second largest in the country, with more than 80,000 workers. Large defense and aerospace companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Sikorsky, among others, have major operations in the state.

10. Georgia
> Largest export:
Aircraft and aircraft parts
> 2014 aircraft and aircraft parts value: $6.90 billion
> Pct. change in aircraft and aircraft parts export value (2013-2014): 6.6%
> Aircraft and aircraft parts as share of total state exports: 17.5%

With a total value of $6.9 billion, Georgia is fourth largest exporter of aircraft and aircraft parts in the country. Aircraft and parts accounted for 17.5% of the state’s total export value, up 2.4 percentage points from 2012. Lockheed Martin has a facility in Marietta, Georgia that manufactures the $44.1 million C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft. Woodpulp is Georgia’s next most valuable export, accounting for 4.4% of the state’s total export value.