Here's the Biggest Export From Each U.S. State

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The world is more interconnected then ever before, and for more than a quarter of U.S. states, international travel is directly fueling business back home.

Airplanes are the top international export in 17 states, making them the most common product to appear on a map of the biggest export from each state in the country last year.

Created by Howmuch.net using 2017 Census Bureau data, the map groups exports into color-coded categories. Machinery and transportation appear most frequently (in blue), but precious stones and metals, medicine, electronics, food, and fuel are also major industries.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top export in several regions is determined by geography. Three states in the South—Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi—are rich in petroleum oil, while three Mid-Atlantic states—Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania—are major coal exporters. Out West, Nevada and Utah have struck gold.

The state that is most dependent on exports is Washington (airplanes, largely thanks to Boeing), followed by Texas and Louisiana (both petroleum oil), New York (diamonds), and Kentucky (airplanes).

It's also worth noting that although the tiny district of Washington, D.C. is the only region whose main export is ammunition, the industry accounts for $336 million—more than half of what its next-door neighbor, Maryland, makes from airplane manufacturing.

There are a few surprises on the list, too. Maine's lobsters are world famous, but as a $326 million industry, they can't compete with Minnesota's medical needles, which are worth more than twice that. And while Idaho is known for potatoes, its greatest export isn't that kind of chip: The northwestern state is in the business of electronic equipment, primarily memory chips and electronic integrated circuits.

These Rugged Steel-Toe Boots Look and Feel Like Summer Sneakers

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The Motto of Each U.S. State, Mapped

Each state has its own motto.
Each state has its own motto.
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Unless you pay a lot of attention to license plates, you’re probably not able to easily recall your state’s motto. Texas, California, New York, and other states sport distinctive phrases that help characterize their territory. All 50 U.S. states have one, spread across multiple languages including English, Latin, Spanish, and more.

Financial services resource CashNetUSA recently assembled a map featuring all of America's state mottos, and it makes for some intriguing exploration.

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Many of these states have compelling stories behind their choice of a motto. In California, “Eureka!” (Greek for “I’ve found it!”) stems from the story of Archimedes realizing he could determine the purity of gold. He ran through the streets—naked—shouting “Eureka!” The phrase was later used in the original design of the state seal in 1849 at the height of the Gold Rush.

In Wyoming, “Equal Rights” refers to the state’s progressive attitude toward women's rights, having guaranteed them the right to vote, serve on juries, and hold public office beginning in 1869.

The most metal of these phrases, New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die,” came from General John Stark in 1809. He wrote a toast for a military event he couldn’t attend that read in part: “Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.”