The “cheesiest” states in the country


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

No one can say that the United States doesn’t love cheese — in 2015, the U.S. ranked second in the world among the major cheese producers. Only the European Union (EU) produced more cheese in this year (7 million metric tons).

Let’s analyze the top 10 cheese-producing states in the U.S. in 2016. As you may have guessed, Wisconsin was the undisputed market leader, producing approximately 3.23 billion pounds of cheese. California produced 2.51 billion pounds of cheese in 2016, making it the second-largest producer, while Idaho took third, producing about 941.68 million pounds of cheese.

The cheese production rate in New York approximated to 826.23 million pounds, while Minnesota and Pennsylvania produced around 657.36 million pounds and 402.97 million pounds of cheese accordingly.

In 2016, South Dakota produced about 275.63 million pounds of cheese. Ohio produced about 215.22 million pounds, while cheese production in Iowa amounted to 81.51 million pounds.

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Natural cheese makes up the largest share of cheese sales in America, generating approximately $14.92 billion in 2015. The total consumption of all types of cheese in the country stands slightly lower than the production volume; thus, every American consumes about 15 kilograms of cheese annually.

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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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