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Which state grows the most pumpkins?

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As of 2013, Illinois grows the most pumpkins in the United States with an average of 427 million pounds yearly. Roughly 90 percent of these pumpkins grow within a radius of 90 miles of Peoria, Ill. Other pumpkin-growing states include California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.

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Up to 90 percent of all pumpkins grown in the United States are grown within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Ill., according to the University of Illinois Extension. Twelve thousand acres of land in the state of Illinois are used to harvest pumpkins. The Libby's pumpkin processing plant, owned and operated by the Nestle Food Company, is located in Morton, Ill. This self-proclaimed Pumpkin Capital of the World is located about 10 miles from Peoria. The plant processes and cans over 85 percent of the world's pumpkins each year. Other regions in the world that grow pumpkins include China, Egypt, Mexico, the Ukraine and India.

As of 2012, California was the state that produced the second-highest number of pumpkins, followed in descending order by Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. Almost 12.4 million hundredweight of pumpkins were harvested from an estimated 47,800 acres of land in the United States in 2012. This figure grew considerably from the 2011 output of around 10.7 million hundredweight. The total 2012 pumpkin crop was valued at $148.9 million. This represented a strong increase from the value for 2011, which was $113.1 million.

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