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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2016, about 728 million short tons of coal were produced in 25 states. Five states produced a total of about 509 million short tons, or about 70% of total U.S. coal production. The five largest coal-producing states with production in million short tons and their share of total U.S. coal production in 2016:

  • Wyoming: 297.2 (41%)
  • West Virginia: 79.8 (11%)
  • Pennsylvania: 45.7 (6%)
  • Illinois: 43.4 (6%)
  • Kentucky: 42.9 (6%)

Learn more:
Coal Data Browser
Annual Coal Report
Quarterly Coal Report
Energy Explained: Where Our Coal Comes From

Last updated: November 17, 2017


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