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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2021, about 577,431 thousand (or 577 million) short tons of coal were produced in 21 states. Five states produced a total of about 424,928 thousand (or 424 million) short tons, equal to about 74% of total U.S. coal production. The five largest coal-producing states with production in thousand short tons and their percentage shares of total U.S. coal production in 2021 were:

  • Wyoming—238,773—41.4%
  • West Virginia—78,501—13.6%
  • Pennsylvania—42,460—7.4%
  • Illinois—36,614—6.3%
  • Montana—28,580—4.9%

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

Last updated: November 8, 2022 with most recent data available at the time of update.

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