Special Report

Top Selling Products From Each State

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New York
> Largest export: Diamonds
> 2019 Diamonds export value: $12.3 billion
> Diamonds as share of total state 2019 exports: 16.2%

New York exported nearly $12.3 billion worth of diamonds in 2019, more than any other product. More than 90% of diamonds that come to the U.S. pass through New York, and most of those diamonds go through Manhattan’s Diamond District, a block of jewelry shops on 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. Often, rough diamonds are brought in and cut and polished and then resold.

Today, diamonds account for 16.2% of all New York exports, though the value of the state’s diamond exports dropped by more than 11% from 2018 to 2019.

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North Carolina
> Largest export: Blood
> 2019 Blood export value: $2.8 billion
> Blood as share of total state 2019 exports: 8.2%

North Carolina exported more than $2.8 billion worth of blood in 2019, up more than 50% from the year before. This includes both human and animal blood, used for therapeutic, prophylactic, immunological, and diagnostic purposes.

Each year, tens of thousands of horseshoe crabs are harvested from North Carolina’s waters for their blood, which can be used to detect bacteria and is used to ensure the safety of vaccines and biomedical devices. North Carolina’s Research Triangle — an area between three major research universities — is home to dozens of biopharmaceutical companies.

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North Dakota
> Largest export: Crude oil
> 2019 Crude oil export value: $2.6 billion
> Crude oil as share of total state 2019 exports: 37.7%

Since the discovery of the Parshall Oil Field in 2006, North Dakota’s oil extraction industry has flourished, spurring a massive population boom and increased oil production. Texas is the only state that produces more crude oil than North Dakota.

North Dakota exported $2.6 billion worth of crude oil in 2019, accounting for more than one-third of the state’s value of total exports. The vast majority of exports from North Dakota go to neighboring Canada.

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> Largest export: Aircraft and parts
> 2019 Aircraft and parts export value: $6.0 billion
> Aircraft and parts as share of total state 2019 exports: 11.3%

Nicknamed the “Birthplace of Aviation,” Ohio has played a major role in the national aircraft industry. Ohio exported $6.0 billion worth of airplanes and airplane parts in 2019. In addition to aircraft commercial manufacturing, Ohio is one of the leading states in aerospace research. The state is home to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the NASA Glenn Research Center, and aerospace research centers within the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati — the result of a collaboration between the schools and General Electric.

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> Largest export: Aircraft and parts
> 2019 Aircraft and parts export value: $635.4 million
> Aircraft and parts as share of total state 2019 exports: 10.3%

Aviation and aircraft manufacturing have played a significant role in Oklahoma’s history. Beginning in World War I, the Oklahoma-based Dewey Aeroplane Company built fighting aircraft, known as the Curtiss JN-4D, for the U.S. government. In WWII, plants in Tulsa and outside of Oklahoma City churned out thousands of C-47 Skytrain cargo planes in addition to various bombers and attack aircraft.

Today, the state’s aircraft exports total $635 million. Hundreds of aerospace companies operate in Oklahoma, including Boeing, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce.

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