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Top 10 U.S. states in total cheese production in 2012 (in 1,000 pounds)*

 Production in thousand pounds
Wisconsin 2,789,824
California 2,246,740
Idaho 864,496
New Mexico 747,880
New York 754,880
Minnesota 626,594
Pennsylvania 405,377
South Dakota 265,298
Iowa 256,641
Ohio 198,904
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This statistic shows the top ten cheese producing U.S. states in 2012. In that year, California came second, where around 2.25 billion pounds of cheese were produced.


Cheese in the United States

Cheese is mostly common in the Western cultural sphere, where it is one of the basic foodstuffs, and a major agricultural product. With some 7 million metric tons, the European Union is the world’s leading producer of cheese. The United States is follows, producing approximately 5 million metric tons.

The top cheese producing U.S. states are Wisconsin and California. Wisconsin’s nickname as “America’s Dairyland” punctuates the state’s leading position within the U.S. dairy industry. More than two and a half billion pounds of cheese are produced in Wisconsin. California is the second largest producer. As expected, these states also count the highest number of milk cows among all U.S. states.

Total consumption of all types of cheese in the United States stands slightly lower than the production volume. This means, that every American consumes around 15 kilograms of cheese annually. The most popular types of cheese among U.S. consumers are Italian-style varieties like, for example, Mozzarella and Parmesan.

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