Special Report

The Most Iconic Product in Each State

36. Oklahoma
> Most iconic product:
Wind Power

Oklahoma has a substantial oil industry, accounting for 7.1% of the country’s production of resource. However, it stands out even more for its renewable energy production, and particularly wind energy. The Sooner State is a top-five wind energy producing state, accounting for 15.1% of the state’s total electricity generation from windmills.

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37. Oregon
> Most iconic product:
 Sneakers

Nike, arguably the most famous sneaker company in the world, originated in the state of Oregon. A track and field coach and a runner from the University of Oregon started the company after searching for a running shoe that would better grip the track. The company is still headquartered in the state, in Beaverton.

38. Pennsylvania
> Most iconic product:
Steel

Since the late 19th century, when Pennsylvania became the epicenter of mass steel production in the United States, steel has been an integral part of Pennsylvania’s economy and identity. The industry’s heyday in the Keystone State has likely passed. Last year, durable goods manufacturing, which includes steel manufacturing, accounted for 6% of the state’s GDP, in line with the industry’s contribution from the industry nationwide. Pittsburgh’s professional football team, the Steelers, is a testament to the importance of steel in the state’s culture.
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39. Rhode Island
> Most iconic product:
Steamers

Nicknamed the Ocean State, Rhode Island has more than 400 miles of coastline along the Narragansett Bay, which feeds into the Rhode Island Sound. The bay provides an ideal ecosystem for many aquatic species, including the clam. Though steamed clams, or steamers, are enjoyed throughout New England, they are are perhaps a more significant feature of seaside Rhode Island’s culture.

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40. South Carolina
> Most iconic product:
Boiled peanuts

Also known as a goober pea, boiled peanuts became South Carolina’s official state snack in 2006. Though people have been eating boiled peanuts for centuries in Africa, the tradition began in South Carolina in the 1800s as a means of using the remaining peanuts after the bulk of the harvest had been sold. Boiled peanuts also played an important role in the Civil War, providing sustenance for hungry soldiers throughout the South.