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What’s Your State’s Hidden Talent?

The odd specialties of California, Delaware, Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Arkansas.

June 2024

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Is your refrigerator full? If so, you can probably thank ... California.

The Golden State’s Central Valley produces 25% of the nation’s foodi and 40% of America's fruits and nuts.

This is despite the fact that the Valley represents less than 1% of U.S. farmland.

California is just one of many states that have concentrated specialties.

For instance, nearly 70% of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware.ii

Why are out-of-state companies like Google, Amazon, and Disney registered in the second-smallest state?

Because incorporating in Delaware comes with significant tax advantages, and because the state’s courts are regularly ranked first in the nation for fairness to businesses.iii

Some other state specialties are very ... specific.

Oklahoma is the only place in the U.S. that produces iodine. So much of it, in fact, that the Sooner State makes the U.S. the third-largest iodine producer in the world.iv

Because of its unique climate, Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee or cacao.v

In fact, Hawaii is the *coldest* place in the world that humidity-loving cacao can grow.vi

And Arkansas is the only state in the nation that produces diamonds (which is why it has one on its flag).

Arkansas is also a great place if you’re looking for diamonds on a budget because it has the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public … where the policy is “finders keepers.”vii

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. 25% of America’s food comes from California’s Central Valley. 
  2. Nearly 70% of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware. 
  3. Arkansas is home to the world’s only site where visitors can keep diamonds if they find them. 

Source(s)

  1. California's Central Valley  U.S. Geological Survey
  2. "Why Incorporate in Delaware? Benefits & Considerations" (Chauncey Crail, Rob Watts, Jane Haskins  Forbes
  3. "Report: Delaware Legal System Remain Nation’s Best" (Mike Mika)  Delaware Business Times 
  4. Iodine in Oklahoma  Oklahoma Geological Survey
  5. Cash Receipts by Commodity, State Ranking, 2022  U.S. Department of Agriculture
  6. "How Hawaii Became the North Pole of Cacao" (Jennifer Billock)  Smithsonian Magazine
  7. Pike County Arkansas, Sectional Map Showing Location of Diamond Mines and Other Properties  Arkansas State Archives

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Sources

  1. U.S. Geological Survey
    California's Central Valley
  2. Forbes
    "Why Incorporate in Delaware? Benefits & Considerations" (Chauncey Crail, Rob Watts, Jane Haskins
  3. Delaware Business Times 
    "Report: Delaware Legal System Remain Nation’s Best" (Mike Mika)
  4. Oklahoma Geological Survey
    Iodine in Oklahoma
  5. U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Cash Receipts by Commodity, State Ranking, 2022
  6. Smithsonian Magazine
    "How Hawaii Became the North Pole of Cacao" (Jennifer Billock)
  7. Arkansas State Archives
    Pike County Arkansas, Sectional Map Showing Location of Diamond Mines and Other Properties

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