Top U.S. States in Crude Oil Production

Can you name the ten states of the U.S. which produce the most crude oil?
% = change since 2011
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Last updated: June 11, 2022
First submittedSeptember 14, 2014
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Barrels/day
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State
4,771,000
+ 229
Texas
1,260,000
+ 543
New Mexico
1,079,000
+ 158
North Dakota
437,000
- 22
Alaska
396,000
+ 267
Colorado
Barrels/day
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State
392,000
+ 74
Oklahoma
358,000
- 33
California
232,000
+ 56
Wyoming
99,000
+ 38
Utah
90,000
- 53
Louisiana
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Level 84
Feb 5, 2015
Pennsylvania was #1 at one point. Had to teach the history of oil drilling as part of the curriculum at Aramco...
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Level 59
Feb 5, 2015
I'm guessing it was supplanted by Texas before 1920.
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Level 84
Jun 24, 2022
I'm not sure exactly when it was superseded, but it was really only #1 because that's where they built the first modern oil well in the world.
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Level 59
Feb 7, 2015
Currently in 19th place.
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Level 59
Oct 29, 2016
Still 19th for 2015 at 19,000 bpd.
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Level 59
Mar 15, 2018
Up one place to 18th in 2017, producing 18,000 bpd.
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Level 72
May 23, 2018
I, too, guessed Pennsylvania. Interesting how times change. If you go to the source govt website, you can see history for each state since 1981. Very interesting.

I live in one of the states with basically no oil...it's fascinating how even neighboring states can be so wildly disparate in their mineral resources, e.g. North and South Dakota.

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Level 70
Jun 24, 2022
As a Pennsylvanian, I've learned that Pennsylvania used to have quite a bit of oil. And while the oil industry isn't very significant anymore, Pennsylvania is still one of the largest natural gas producers in America (second behind Texas), and possibly the world.
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Level 71
May 17, 2018
Not sarcastic here, fracking is a wonderful technology that creates a lot of cheap energy and is a net positive effect on the environment to the extent that it replaces dirtier sources like coal!
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Level 68
May 17, 2018
It is choosing between pest and cholera. However, fracking has unambiguously a devasting impact on the environment: just because it keeps the oil price low and delays the end of the fossil era.
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Level 72
May 18, 2018
Exactly, we should rather ban oil and start using only wind and solar. Effectively reducing our energy output by 90% and returning with our life standards to the good ol' 1700s, no bother that the poor masses of the world would suffer the most. Oil is bad!
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Level 60
Sep 17, 2020
Actually, replacing all energy with only wind and solar is quite bad for the environment. Not only are the maximum efficiencies very low for both of these technologies, the batteries they require only store a little power, are made with several rare earth metals and require the digging up of billions of tons of earth in often protected areas that have continued to remain undisturbed thus far. Not only this, but solar takes up large amounts of water, further stressing water resources, and both of these kill large numbers of birds, endangering many species further. While oil does in fact cause carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere, many scientists still argue over how much of an impact this actually has, since water vapor is the most common and impactful greenhouse gas, and both carbon dioxide and methane account for relatively little compared to it.
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Level 86
May 18, 2018
Yeh it's great; if you like your tap water to be flammable.
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Level 84
Jul 12, 2018
And earthquakes and polluted aquifers.
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2019
Fracking has done a lot to reduce U.S. emissions because it has reduced the price of natural gas and made coal plants less attractive. Not only does coal create more CO2 emissions than natural gas, pollution from burning coal is responsible for thousands of deaths each year (estimates are as high as 300,000 globally). In the current situation, we are better off with fracking than without it.
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2019
That said, with a combination of solar and nuclear power we could do away with fracking AND coal.
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Level 55
May 18, 2021
cringe
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Level 59
May 24, 2018
How in hell did I start this diatribe with an innocent quiz!?
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Level 84
Jul 16, 2018
Welcome to the internet.
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Level 72
Jul 16, 2018
*Welcome to Jetpunk, the intellectual, censored version of the internet. I'd rather have it here than anywhere else.
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Level 70
Jul 16, 2018
Yeah, it's actually nice to have most people on this site argue with facts backing their claims.
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Level 66
Feb 6, 2019
I mean... it's a nice change of debating about "in which continent does this island belongs?"
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2019
Cyprus is in Africa!
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Level 54
Feb 13, 2022
No, silly. All people know it is in the municipality where the capital of Artsakh is. Either that or Cyprus is 500 feet underground where Nicosia is under a hologram facility in Adelaide.

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