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Leading 10 U.S. states for cotton production in 2015 (in 1,000 bales)*

This statistic shows the leading ten U.S. states with the highest cotton production in 2015. In that year, Georgia was estimated to produce 2.5 million bales of cotton. The United States in total were ranked as third leading cotton producing country worldwide in 2014/2015.


Cotton production

The production of cotton is one of the United States’ most important industries. The country was the world’s third largest cotton producer after China and India, as well as the leading global cotton exporter in 2013.

In terms of cotton production by state, U.S. cotton is mostly grown and harvested in the Southern states, also known as the “Cotton Belt” where cotton plantations were established in the 1800s. According to 2014 estimates, the federal state of Texas, the nation’s top cotton producing state, accounted for more than 42 percent of the country’s total cotton production, followed by Georgia with roughly 18 percent. Almost 1.5 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of cotton was produced in Texas in 2013. Moreover, cotton farming revenues had constantly been growing over the last five years, reaching seven billion U.S. dollars that year.

Upland cotton is the nation’s most commonly cultivated variety of cotton. American Pima, a finer and more expensive cotton fiber, is mainly cultivated in Arizona and California. In 2014, the United States allocated some 11 million acres of land for planting cotton, but only 9.7 million acres of cotton were harvested. Approximately 16 million bales of cotton were produced that year.

Cotton is typically used in the production of textiles. Hence China, a leader in textile manufacturing, was also the largest cotton importer in 2013.

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 Cotton production in thousand bales
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