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Oil Production by State 2021

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 2021

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Oil Production by State 2021

* 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 2021 Pop.
Texas1,609,0751,256,974927,41729,730,300
North Dakota461,531429,583312,294770,026
New Mexico248,958147,663102,7892,105,000
Oklahoma200,685166,801115,2203,990,440
Colorado177,817122,79266,2225,893,630
Alaska174,800176,235187,923724,357
California169,166201,284198,92839,613,500
Wyoming87,95586,40963,487581,075
Louisiana48,84163,61071,9384,627,000
Utah37,06337,13935,0163,310,770
Kansas34,71445,46746,8462,917,220
Ohio23,22426,7018,00911,714,600
Montana21,54028,55729,2881,085,000
Mississippi16,95324,91824,3452,966,410
West Virginia11,61811,5727,2391,767,860
Illinois8,4209,5209,53912,569,300
Pennsylvania6,4787,0855,30712,804,100
Alabama5,8849,69410,4084,934,190
Michigan5,4086,6527,0979,992,430
Arkansas5,0186,2296,6403,033,950
Kentucky2,2652,8622,3054,480,710
Nebraska2,0562,9102,8081,952,000
Florida1,8392,2082,17421,944,600
Indiana1,6842,2192,3996,805,660
South Dakota1,2731,6661,850896,581
Nevada2552813343,185,790
New York22128636619,300,000
Tennessee2102963346,944,260
Missouri901491996,169,040
Idaho88301,860,120
Arizona1137607,520,100
Virginia511108,603,980
Wisconsin5,852,490
Washington7,796,940
Vermont623,251
South Carolina5,277,830
Rhode Island1,061,510
Oregon4,289,440
North Carolina10,701,000
New Jersey8,874,520
New Hampshire1,372,200
Minnesota5,706,400
Massachusetts6,912,240
Maryland6,065,440
Maine1,354,520
Iowa3,167,970
Hawaii1,406,430
Georgia10,830,000
Delaware990,334
Connecticut3,552,820

Oil Production by State 2021