In 2014, U.S. crude oil production reached its highest level since 1987, producing nearly 8.5 million barrels per day in July 2014. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that in 2015 crude oil production will be the highest annual average level of crude oil production since 1972.
The table below ranks each state's crude oil production (as of July 2014).
|Crude oil production in all 50 states (2014)|
|Rank||State|| Crude Oil Production
Uses of crude oil
Crude oil is used primarily for transportation fuels, fuel for heating and generating electricity, road oil, and chemicals used to make plastics and other synthetic materials. According to the EIA, roughly 74 percent of the 6.89 billion barrels of oil used in 2013 throughout the United States were used for gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel.
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Glossary, C” accessed January 29, 2014
- Reuters, "U.S. crude oil production in July highest in 27 years: EIA," August 12, 2014
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Rankings: Crude Oil Production, July 2014 (thousand barrels)," accessed November 11, 2014
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "FAQ: What are the products and uses of petroleum?," accessed November 11, 2014