Which states mine coal? Where does the U.S. create electricity from coal?
Using data from the Department of Energy, these maps look at the spatial patterns of coal production and use in the United States.
- The total number of employees in U.S. coal mines in 2014 was 74,931, down almost 7% from 2013.
- More than 90% of the coal produced in the U.S. is used to create electricity. A small amount is used in industrial settings (mainly cement production and iron smelting), and to heat buildings.
- 70% of the coal produced in the United States comes from Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Illinois—but the electricity from coal is produced largely within Texas.
- Between 2000 and 2014, about 6.5% of the coal produced in the U.S. was exported to other countries.