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Natural gas statistics

Data for the United States for 2021, except where noted. Physical amounts (volumes) are in million cubic feet (MMcf) measured at 14.73 pounds per square inch and at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Prices are nominal prices in dollars per thousand cubic feet (Mcf).

U.S. production (dry gas) 34,517,798 MMcf
U.S. consumption 30,664,951 MMcf
U.S. imports 2,807,961 MMcf
U.S. exports 6,652,609 MMcf
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports 3,560,818 MMcf
Average citygate price $6.02 per Mcf
Average price delivered to consumers
Residential $12.18 per Mcf
Commercial $8.79 per Mcf
Industrial $5.50 per Mcf
Electric power $5.17 per Mcf
Ranking of state residential prices
Highest—Hawaii $46.99 per Mcf
Lowest—Idaho $7.00 per Mcf
Natural gas consumption by end use Amount Share of total
Electric power 11,270,552 MMcf 37%
Industrial 8,294,683 MMcf 27%
Residential 4,716,208 MMcf 15%
Commercial 3,298,222 MMcf 11%
Lease and processing plant fuel 1,901,245 MMcf 6%
Transportation (pipeline and vehicle fuel) 1,056,237 MMcf 4%
Number of producing natural gas wells (2020) 483,326
Natural gas percentage of utility-scale electricity generation 38%
Natural gas percentage of utility-scale electricity generation capacity (2020) 44%
Top dry natural gas-producing state Texas
World dry natural gas
Production (2020) 138,076,753 MMcf
Consumption (2020) 137,821,031 MMcf

Last updated: October 27, 2022 with most recent data available at the time of update.