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  • Most productive states in America

    One of the strongest indicators of a country's economic capacity and productivity is its gross domestic product. GDP represents the total market value of economic goods and services over the course of a year, calculated by adding gross investment, private consumption, government investment, government spending, and trade exports, less imports. In 2017, the United States’ GDP reached a staggering $19.39 trillion, the largest in the world and 4.1% higher than 2016’s figure, $18.62 trillion.

    While the United States clearly stands out among countries for this measure of economic strength, Stacker set out to discover how GDP varies from state to state. Using data computed by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, we analyzed the per capita GDP for every state plus Washington, D.C. The statistics are represented in chained 2009 dollars to account for inflation, include both public and private industries, and represent the total GDP divided by each state’s population.

  • #51: Mississippi

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $32,102
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $31,700
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $32,041

  • #50: Idaho

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,056
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $35,738
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,080

  • #49: West Virginia

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,244
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,461
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $33,892

  • #48: Arkansas

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $36,524
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,338
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $35,205

  • #47: South Carolina

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $37,075
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,917
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,724

  • #46: Alabama

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $37,402
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $36,911
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $37,522

  • #45: Kentucky

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,950
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,610
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $38,159

  • #44: Maine

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,956
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,415
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $38,946

  • #43: Arizona

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $38,985
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $38,647
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $44,168

  • #42: Florida

    Real GDP per capita in 2016: $39,506
    Real GDP per capita in 2015: $39,289
    Real GDP per capita in 2007: $43,506

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