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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2019, about 706.3 million short tons of coal were produced in 23 states. Five states produced a total of about 502.1 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 2019

  • Wyoming—276.9—39.2%
  • West Virginia—93.3—13.2%
  • Pennsylvania—50.1—7.1%
  • Illinois—45.9—6.5%
  • Kentucky—36.0—5.1%

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

Last updated: October 19, 2020


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