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Oil Production by State 2020

What state is the largest producer of crude oil?

Crude oil production is defined as the quantities of oil extracted from the ground after the removal of inert matter or impurities. Crude oil is a mineral oil consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons of natural origin, yellow to black in color, and of variable density and viscosity. Once extracted, crude oil undergoes distillation to break down the liquid into various products depending on weight.

As of 2018, the United States is the world’s largest crude oil producer. The US currently produces approximately 12,108,000 barrels per day. Russia and Saudi Arabia follow the United States in crude oil production, producing 10,709,000 and 9,580,000 barrels per day respectively.

There are thousands of products derived from crude oil, all of which are very beneficial to humans and have improved their quality of life around the world. The largest share of crude oil is used for gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and heating oil. Other products include heavier ones used to make asphalt or lubricating oils for petroleum jelly and detergents.

Texas is the largest producer of crude oil in the United States. In 2018, Texas produced 1,609,075 barrels of oil, which is more than the other nine states combined. Texas is pushing to become the world’s third-largest oil producer, soon passing Iraq and Iran.

The United States’ smallest oil producer is Virginia, which produced about five barrels of oil in 2018. Oil production in the United States, especially in Texas, is expected to continue to rise, causing crude oil imports to fall. In 2018, imports to the Gulf Coast averaged approximately 1.8 million barrels per day, a 70% decline in imports since 2007.

Here are the 10 states with the highest oil production:

  1. Texas (1,609,075)
  2. North Dakota (461,531)
  3. New Mexico (248,958)
  4. Oklahoma (200,685)
  5. Colorado (177,817)
  6. Alaska (174,800)
  7. California (169,166)
  8. Wyoming (87,955)
  9. Louisiana (48,841)
  10. Utah (37,063)

Oil Production by State 2020

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Oil Production by State 2020

* Oil Production is measured in thousand barrels and data is for annual periods.
State Oil Production in 2018 Oil Production in 2015 Oil Production in 2013 2020 Pop.
Texas1,609,0751,256,974927,41729,363,100
North Dakota461,531429,583312,294766,044
New Mexico248,958147,663102,7892,100,920
Oklahoma200,685166,801115,2203,973,710
Colorado177,817122,79266,2225,826,180
Alaska174,800176,235187,923727,951
California169,166201,284198,92839,562,900
Wyoming87,95586,40963,487579,917
Louisiana48,84163,61071,9384,637,900
Utah37,06337,13935,0163,258,370
Kansas34,71445,46746,8462,915,270
Ohio23,22426,7018,00911,701,900
Montana21,54028,55729,2881,076,890
Mississippi16,95324,91824,3452,971,280
West Virginia11,61811,5727,2391,780,000
Illinois8,4209,5209,53912,620,600
Pennsylvania6,4787,0855,30712,803,100
Alabama5,8849,69410,4084,918,690
Michigan5,4086,6527,0979,989,640
Arkansas5,0186,2296,6403,025,880
Kentucky2,2652,8622,3054,474,190
Nebraska2,0562,9102,8081,943,200
Florida1,8392,2082,17421,711,200
Indiana1,6842,2192,3996,768,940
South Dakota1,2731,6661,850890,620
Nevada2552813343,132,970
New York22128636619,376,800
Tennessee2102963346,886,720
Missouri901491996,153,230
Idaho88301,823,590
Arizona1137607,399,410
Virginia511108,569,750
Wisconsin5,837,460
Washington7,705,920
Vermont623,620
South Carolina5,213,270
Rhode Island1,060,440
Oregon4,253,590
North Carolina10,594,600
New Jersey8,878,360
New Hampshire1,365,960
Minnesota5,673,020
Massachusetts6,902,370
Maryland6,055,560
Maine1,349,370
Iowa3,161,520
Hawaii1,411,150
Georgia10,723,700
Delaware982,049
Connecticut3,559,050

Oil Production by State 2020