Leading U.S. states in total cheese production in 2015 (in 1,000 pounds)*

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Production in thousand pounds
Wisconsin3,070,202
California2,435,632
Idaho941,683
New York801,436
New Mexico768,028
Minnesota679,467
Pennsylvania408,624
South Dakota278,343
Iowa244,487
Ohio211,382
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This statistic shows the top ten cheese producing U.S. states in 2015. In that year, Wisconsin was the market leader, where around 3.1 billion pounds of cheese were produced. In the U.S., natural cheese makes up the largest share of cheese sales, generating approximately 14.92 billion U.S. dollars in 2015.


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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