It can get pretty cold in Wisconsin. That’s probably why the state’s number one import is sweaters and pullovers. Washington, D.C.’s biggest import is medicine, which might suggest that living in the nation’s capital is hard on people’s health.
That’s in contrast with the rest of the nation, where the majority of states are dependent upon oil and oil-related products like gasoline. Cars are also in demand.
The U.S. bans the export of crude oil, so all oil produced in the country must also be refined here. These refineries receive crude oil produced in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as well as smaller quantities from the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. The Northeast states don’t have refineries so gasoline is their largest import, according to to Fixr, a cost and services-related website.
Electronic components are also popular in a few states that have a local electronics industry. Virginia, which imports an abundance of printer parts, is home to many printer manufacturers while North Carolina and Tennessee import laptops.
Fixr developed the map below, which shows each state’s largest import, by dollar value, in 2014.