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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2020, about 535.4 million short tons of coal were produced in 23 states. Five states produced a total of about 380.1 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 their percentage shares of total U.S. coal production in 2020 were:

  • Wyoming—218.6—40.8%
  • West Virginia—67.2—12.6%
  • Pennsylvania—36.3—6.8%
  • Illinois—31.6—5.9%
  • North Dakota—26.4—4.9%

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

Last updated: October 5, 2021


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