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Which U.S. State Produces The Most Peanuts?
By Angel Albring
According to the American Peanut Council, there were 47 million metric tons of peanuts produced in 2020, and the U.S. is the fourth largest producer. Peanuts are grown in many states in the U.S., but one state rises above the rest, accounting for nearly half of all peanuts grown in the country.
Georgia is the leading state for peanut production, as it produces about 42% of all peanuts grown in the U.S. — around 3.3 billion pounds of peanuts per year. The next four top peanut-producing states are Alabama, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, respectively.
Only 13 states in the U.S. grow peanuts, and these states are grouped into peanut-growing regions — the Southeast, Southwest, and Virginia-Carolina regions. About 68% of all peanuts grown in the U.S. are grown in the Southeast region, which includes Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.