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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2018, about 756.2 million short tons of coal were produced in 23 states. Five states produced a total of about 538.6 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 share of total U.S. coal production in 2018

  • Wyoming—304.2—40.2%
  • West Virginia—95.4—12.6%
  • Pennsylvania—49.9—6.6%
  • Illinois—49.6—6.6%
  • Kentucky—39.6—5.2%

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

Last updated: October 22, 2019


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