Data from the U.S. Census Bureau USA Trade platform shows Texas is by far the top state for global exports in the United States, California is second.
The Lone Star State exports large amounts of oil and petroleum products, as well as computer parts, aircraft parts and integrated circuits, collecting a total of over US$315 billion dollars worth of exports. According to World’s Top Exports, given the population of 28.702 million Texans as of July 2018, the total $315.4 billion in 2018 Texan exports translates to roughly $11,000 for every resident in the Lone Star State.
Based on statistics from the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Texas’ exported products represent 17.8% of the state’s total economic output or real Gross Domestic Product for 2018. The latter real dollar values were expressed in 2009 chained dollars, according to the BEA. The value of Texas’ exports equals 19.6% of United States’ overall exported products for 2018.
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California comes in second place with $178.4 billion with large exports in aircraft parts, integrated circuits, semi-conductor machinery, and diamonds. New York, Washington and Louisiana complete the five leading export states of the U.S.
Washington exports rely on Boeing’s output of airplanes and airplane parts for half of the state’s exports, Louisiana’s strong suits are petroleum products, corn and soy.
Below are the top 20 American states that exported the highest dollar value worth of products during 2018, according to World’s Top Exports. Combined, these export-leading states represent over four-fifths (81.8%) of the nation’s total exports.
- Texas: US$315.4 billion 19.6% of US total)
- California: $178.4 billion (11.1%)
- New York: $81.5 billion (5.1%)
- Washington: $77.7 billion (4.8%)
- Louisiana: $66.2 billion (4.1%)
- Illinois: $65.4 billion (4.1%)
- Michigan: $57.9 billion (3.6%)
- Florida: $57.2 billion (3.6%)
- Ohio: $54.3 billion (3.4%)
- Pennsylvania: $41 billion (2.6%)
- Georgia: $40.6 billion (2.5%)
- Indiana: $39.3 billion (2.4%)
- New Jersey: $35.7 billion (2.2%)
- South Carolina: $34.6 billion (2.2%)
- North Carolina: $32.7 billion (2%)
- Tennessee: $32.7 billion (2%)
- Kentucky: $31.8 billion (2%)
- Massachusetts: $27.1 billion (1.7%)
- Wisconsin: $22.7 billion (1.4%)
- Minnesota: $22.7 billion (1.4%)
United States top 10 exports
The United States is the 3rd largest export economy in the world and the 7th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). World’s Top Exports reports that overall the United States of America shipped US$1.666 trillion worth of goods around the globe in 2018. That amount reflects a 7.7% uptick from 2017 to 2018 and a 2.9% gain since 2014. Given America’s population of 329.3 million people, its total $1.666 trillion in 2018 revenues from exported products translates to roughly $5,100 for every resident in the United States.
The United States shipped $823.6 billion worth of goods during the first 6 months of 2019, down -0.8% compared the same period one year earlier.
The following export product groups categorize the highest dollar value in American global shipments during 2018. Also shown is the percentage share each export category represents in terms of overall exports from the United States:
- Machinery including computers: US$213.1 billion (12.8% of total exports)
- Mineral fuels including oil: $189.9 billion (11.4%)
- Electrical machinery, equipment: $176.1 billion (10.6%)
- Aircraft, spacecraft: $139.1 billion (8.4%)
- Vehicles: $130.6 billion (7.8%)
- Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $89.6 billion (5.4%)
- Plastics, plastic articles: $66.5 billion (4%)
- Gems, precious metals: $63.8 billion (3.8%)
- Pharmaceuticals: $48.4 billion (2.9%)
- Organic chemicals: $40.2 billion (2.4%)