Top 10 U.S. states in total cheese production in 2013 (in 1,000 pounds)*

This statistic shows the top ten cheese producing U.S. states in 2013. In that year, California came second, where around 2.31 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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 Production in thousand pounds
Wisconsin 2,855,681
California 2,312,895
Idaho 871,640
New York 751,280
New Mexico 661,293
Minnesota 661,293
Pennsylvania 426,985
Iowa 267,249
Ohio 196,676
Vermont 127,346
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