Top Selling Products From Each State

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16. Kansas
> Largest export:
Aircraft and aircraft parts
> 2014 aircraft and aircraft parts value: $2.06 billion
> Pct. change in aircraft and aircraft parts export value (2013-2014): 13.2%
> Aircraft and aircraft parts as share of total state exports: 17.2%

In Kansas, aircraft manufacturing employs more than 2.7% of the state’s working population. Aircraft and aircraft parts accounted for 17.2% of the total value of all the state’s exports. Kansas exported $2.06 billion worth of aircraft and aircraft parts in 2014. In 2002, Airbus, a French commercial jet manufacturer, opened its first North American design and engineering center in Wichita.

17. Kentucky
> Largest export:
Aircraft and aircraft parts
> 2014 aircraft and aircraft parts value: $7.73 billion
> Pct. change in aircraft and aircraft parts export value (2013-2014): 37.5%
> Aircraft and aircraft parts as share of total state exports: 28.1%

Kentucky exported roughly $7.7 billion worth in aircraft and aircraft components to other parts of the world last year, more than the next 10 biggest product categories combined. Manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin have operations in the state. The state also ships large quantities of other goods it is more well-known for. Horses and whiskey are each among the top products in value that leave the state for destinations abroad.

18. Louisiana
> Largest export:
Petroleum
> 2014 petroleum value: $24.99 billion
> Pct. change in petroleum export value (2013-2014): -0.7%
> Petroleum as share of total state exports: 38.4%

With a total value of nearly $25 billion, petroleum is Louisiana’s most valuable export. With the exception of Texas, Louisiana exports more petroleum abroad than any other state. Accounting for slightly more than 26% of the state’s total export value in 2011, petroleum’s share of total exports jumped to 38.4% in 2014. British Petroleum, the company behind the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has a distribution center just outside of Baton Rouge.

19. Maine
> Largest export:
Lobster
> 2014 lobster value: $0.35 billion
> Pct. change in lobster export value (2013-2014): 43.5%
> Lobster as share of total state exports: 12.7%

While some of the most valuable exports in each state are unusual, it should surprise few that Maine’ is the lobster. In 2014, Maine’s lobster industry hauled 124 million pounds of the crustacean, worth close to half a billion dollars. Of that catch, $349 million left the state for destinations abroad. That was a significant increase from the $243 million worth of lobster exported by the state in 2013. One reason for the increased value of the exports may have been the skyrocketing price of lobster, which rose by nearly 80 cents a pound from 2013 to 2014.

20. Maryland
> Largest export:
Cars and passenger vehicles
> 2014 cars and passenger vehicles value: $2.30 billion
> Pct. change in cars and passenger vehicles export value (2013-2014): -2.3%
> Cars and passenger vehicles as share of total state exports: 18.8%

Cars accounted for $2.3 billion out of the $12.2 billion in total Maryland exports in 2014. In 1963, the port of Baltimore received the first Volkswagen Beetle in the United States. Since then, the port in Maryland’s largest city has earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s top ports for automobiles. Baltimore harbor is the second largest port in the Mid-Atlantic.