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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2015, about 897 million short tons of coal were produced in 25 states. Five states produced a total of about 639 million short tons, or about 71% of total U.S. coal production. The five largest coal producing states with production in million short tons and the share of total U.S. coal production in 2015:

  • Wyoming: 375.8 (42%)
  • West Virginia: 95.6 (11%)
  • Kentucky: 61.4 (7%)
  • Illinois: 56.1 (6%)
  • Pennsylvania: 50.0 (6%)

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

Last updated: February 28, 2017


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