9. Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
$16 billion | + $411 million | + 2.6 percent
Utah, led by Salt Lake City, has reaped the benefits of a strong and steady increase in exports for several years. The Brookings Institute estimates that about 50,000 Utahns hold jobs that are directly related to exporting. More than half of those—27,000—are in Salt Lake City. Primary metal manufacturing is by far the city’s largest export, accounting for $12 billion, while the second largest export, electronic products, comes in at a relatively modest $841 million. Primary destinations for those products are Hong Kong ($4.2 billion) and Canada ($1.2 billion). (SL)