Cheese production in the U.S. 2017, by state

This statistic shows the top ten cheese producing U.S. states in 2018. In that year, Wisconsin was the market leader, where around 3.42 billion pounds of cheese were produced. In the U.S., natural cheese makes up the largest share of cheese sales, generating approximately 12.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

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.

Leading U.S. states in total cheese production in 2017 (in 1,000 pounds)*

Production in thousand pounds
Wisconsin3,422,895
California2,543,368
Idaho991,239
New Mexico895,779
New York802,331
Minnesota740,601
Pennsylvania433,750
Iowa296,396
South Dakota293,455
Ohio239,267
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Release date

May 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Excluding cottage cheese.

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