Here's the most important export from every US state

  • The US Census Bureau publishes data on international trade for each of the 50 US states and Washington, DC.
  • Business Insider took a look at the biggest export good from each state, based on total 2016 dollar value.

International trade is a big part of the US economy, and of the individual state economies that together make up the larger whole.

The US Census Bureau publishes data on international trade for each of the 50 states and Washington, DC, including lists of the top-25 exported goods from each state by dollar value. Based on that, Business Insider took a look at the highest-volume export good from each state, based on total 2016 dollar value.

Exports of aircraft and aircraft parts were the most common category, with 17 states having their biggest export coming from that group.

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Iconic American retailer the Gap (GPS) is currently selling these brightly-colored jeans -- one of the hottest fashion trends this year -- that were made in Sri Lanka. The small island nation was the 13th-largest source of U.S. apparel imports from January 2012 to May 2012, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

But it's China that's our biggest source of foreign-made clothing, accounting for an estimated 36.49% of U.S. apparel imports for the same period, AAFA data reveals.

SOURCE: AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association)

These Nike Air Pro 11 (NKE) sneakers were made in Vietnam, the second biggest importer of footwear to the U.S.

But they're far behind China, which accounted for a whopping 84.95% of the footwear imported into the states from January 2012 to May 2012, the AAFA estimates.

SOURCE: AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association)

Swedish home retailer Ikea is the second-biggest furniture chain in America. But this VALLVIK 3-drawer chest comes from neither country. It was made in Poland, where about 1% of U.S. furniture, household items and baskets originate, according to figures provided to DailyFinance by the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The largest source of U.S. furniture, household items and basket imports come from China (surprise, surprise), where an estimated 58% of those products are made, Foreign Trade Division data reveals.


 

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

Despite the fancy French-sounding name, this Cuisinart coffeemaker was made in China.

No shock, China accounts for nearly half of the household and kitchen appliance imports to the U.S., according to Foreign Trade Division data.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

This Acura MDX sport utility, from Japanese automaker Honda (HMC), was made in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.

Indeed, our neighbors to the north export more cars to the U.S. -- 31% -- than any other foreign nation, according to Foreign Trade Division data.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

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It's worth noting the Census data include only trade in physical goods: The US economy is predominantly a service economy, and international trade in services — like an architecture firm based in Chicago designing a building in the UK, or a financial advisor on Wall Street managing a retirement account for a resident of Japan — are not included in this particular data set.

Here's the biggest export good from each state, based on 2016 dollar value:

most important exports state mapBusiness Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from US Census Bureau

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