Leading U.S. states in rice production 2019

Arkansas was the top producer of rice in the United States, generating 84.26 million centum weight of rice in 2019. California came in second with 41.93 million centum weight of rice in that year.

Rice trade with the U.S.

The United States exports a large volume of rice every year. In 2017/2018, 3.3 million metric tons of rice was exported overseas from the United States. Mexico was the leading destination for U.S. rice exports, with just under 900 thousand metric tons of rice imports in 2017. Haiti and Japan were also major destinations for U.S.-grown rice.

Global rice consumption

The top three consumers of rice in the world are China, India, and Indonesia. As an inexpensive and versatile grain, rice has become more popular over the last decade worldwide. In the 2008/2009 trade year, 437.18 million metric tons of rice were consumed worldwide, and by 2018/2019 that figure had increased to about 490 million metric tons of rice. In the United States, rice consumption has fluctuated over the last several years but has since leveled out at 4.3 million metric tons.

Top rice producing U.S. states in 2019 (in 1,000 cwt)*

Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Single Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Single Account

only $59 / month *
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in

Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Supplementary notes

** Include all types of rice (long, medium, short grain and sweet rice).
cwt = centum weight is defined as 100 lb, which is equal to approximately 45.36 kg.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account.

Single Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 / Month *
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract; Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Rice"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.