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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2017, about 757 million short tons of coal were produced in 24 states. Five states produced a total of about 538 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 2017:

  • Wyoming—316.5—41%
  • West Virginia—92.8—12%
  • Pennsylvania—49.1—6%
  • Illinois—48.2—6%
  • Kentucky—41.8—5%

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

Last updated: December 4, 2018


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