Special Report

Top Selling Products From Each State

26. Montana
> Largest export:
> 2014 coal value: $223 million
> Pct. change in coal export value (2013-2014): 1.9%
> Coal as share of total state exports: 14.6%

Montana shipped $223 million worth of coal overseas last year — the state’s largest export as it was the previous three years. Montana is one of the nation’s largest producers of coal, and the largely Asia-bound coal exports accounted for roughly one-fourth of coal produced in the state. Another quarter was consumed in Montana, mainly to generate electricity. The remainder — about half — was shipped by rail to other states and therefore not counted as export.

27. Nebraska
> Largest export:
> 2014 beef value: $1.10 billion
> Pct. change in beef export value (2013-2014): 20.8%
> Beef as share of total state exports: 14.0%

Beef is Nebraska’s most valuable export, with more than a billion dollars worth of beef shipped abroad in 2014. Omaha Steaks, a multimillion dollar manufacturer and distributor of beef products is headquartered in, and named after, the state’s largest city. Cattle outnumber people in Nebraska by about 4.5 million, and hides are Nebraska’s second biggest export, accounting for nearly 8% of the state’s total export value.

28. Nevada
> Largest export:
> 2014 gold value: $2.84 billion
> Pct. change in gold export value (2013-2014): -27.2%
> Gold as share of total state exports: 36.9%

Mining is one of Nevada’s core industries. Though silver, copper, and iron are all mined in the state, gold is by far the most valuable export. Exceeding a value of $2.8 billion, gold accounted for more than a third of the state’s total value of exports in 2014. Gold ore mining employed over 11,000 people in Nevada last year.

29. New Hampshire
> Largest export:
Cell phones
> 2014 cell phones value: $0.50 billion
> Pct. change in cell phones export value (2013-2014): 180.1%
> Cell phones as share of total state exports: 11.4%

While the greatest export in the state usually is consistent year after year, there are exceptions. Cell phones only became New Hampshire’s largest export last year. In 2013, cell phones exports accounted for slightly more than 4% of the state’s total export value. By 2014, cell phones exports accounted for 11.4% of the state’s total export value, overtaking petroleum as the state’s largest export.

30. New Jersey
> Largest export:
> 2014 petroleum value: $3.32 billion
> Pct. change in petroleum export value (2013-2014): -18.5%
> Petroleum as share of total state exports: 9.0%

Because of New Jersey’s geographic location — access to the Delaware River and the New York Harbor — it has become home to the largest petroleum product hub in the Northeast. Though the state does not produce any crude oil, it has three operating oil refineries that produce gasoline, diesel, and heating oil. While the value of petroleum exports has declined since a recent high of nearly $6 billion in 2012, petroleum is still the state’s most valuable export, worth about $3.3 billion in 2014.

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