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.

Every State’s Favorite Place to Spend Spring Break, Mapped

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DisobeyArt, iStock via Getty Images

Spring break falls in March 2020 in many parts of the U.S., and if you still don't know where to go this year, check out the popular travel plans of people in your home state for some inspiration.

This map Travelocity put together using its own customer data shows the most disproportionately popular spring break destinations for residents of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It should come as no surprise that Florida cities dominate the map. Orlando was the top springtime vacation spot of 10 states, including Texas, Georgia, and Massachusetts. Miami, Tampa, and Pensacola also appear on the list.

But not everyone craves warm weather this time of year. As college students flood their state, Florida natives flee north to Chicago. And some states farther north prefer vacation spots that are decidedly not tropical. In Idaho, spring-breakers are heading to Seattle, and in West Virginia, they're booking trips to Buffalo—neither of which are cities that come to mind when you think of margaritas and bikinis. You can find the preferences of your home state in the map below.

Map of top spring break destinations.
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Spring break may seem like a modern phenomenon, but people have been using the arrival of the season as an excuse for debauchery since ancient Roman times. You can read more about the history of spring break here.

Here's How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Part of the Country

Andy Woodruff
Andy Woodruff

Daylight saving time was created to benefit Americans, but not every part of the country is affected equally. Within the Eastern time zone, for instance, the sun rises a whole 40 minutes earlier in New York City than it does in Detroit. To illustrate how daylight saving time impacts sunrise and sunset times around the county, cartographer Andy Woodruff published a series of helpful maps on his website.

Below, the map on the left depicts how many days of reasonable sunrise time—defined as 7 a.m. or earlier—each part of the country is getting. The regions in the yellow sections have the most days with early sunrises and the darker parts have the fewest. On the right, the second map shows how many sunsets past 5 p.m. we’re getting each year, which appear to be a lot more abundant


Next, he visualized what these sunrise and sunset times would look like if daylight saving were abolished completely, something many people have been pushing for years. While our sunset times remain pretty much the same, the mornings start to look a lot sunnier for people all over the country, especially in places like West Texas.


And for those of you who were curious, here’s what America would look like if daylight saving time were in effect year-round. While mornings would look miserable pretty much everywhere, there’d at least be plenty of sunshine to enjoy once we got off work.


You can tinker with an interactive version of the daylight saving map on Woodruff’s blog.

All images courtesy of Andy Woodruff.

This article originally ran in 2015.

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