There’s nothing quite like the warmth and festive radiance of a Christmas tree. It’s also a big business – there are about 350 million natural Christmas trees growing on farms in all 50 U.S. states, with more than 17 million trees harvested every year, according to the Washington Post.
Of course, these figures only represent natural Christmas trees. When factoring in artificial Christmas trees, the numbers become even loftier. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, $2.35 billion worth of real and artificial trees were sold in the U.S. in 2013. Meanwhile, a Nielsen survey conducted by the American Christmas Tree Association found that 79 percent of U.S. homes displayed a tree last year, with 20 percent sporting real trees while 80 percent were of the man-made variety.
But did you know that nearly half of all real trees are grown in six counties between two states on opposite coasts?
For a deeper dive on the Christmas tree industry, TIBCO Spotfire Data Scientist Ian Cook created a visualization which breaks down U.S. Christmas tree production by state, by revenue since 2007 – as well as comparisons between the sales of real and artificial trees.
Here are some highlights from the findings: