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Which states produce the most coal?

In 2022, about 594,155 thousand (or 594 million) short tons of coal were produced in 21 states. Five states produced a total of about 433,894 thousand (or 434 million) short tons, equal to about 73% 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 2022, were:

  • Wyoming—244,730—41.2%
  • West Virginia—83,448—14.0%
  • Pennsylvania—39,701—6.7%
  • Illinois—37,488—6.3%
  • Kentucky—28,527—4.8%

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

Last updated: October 20, 2023, with data available at the time of update.

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