List of U.S. states and territories by carbon dioxide emissions

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CO2 emission per capita per year per state (2011 data).

This is a list of U.S. states and territories by carbon dioxide emissions due to human activity. The data presented below is from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (2016 data).[1][2]

The Northern Mariana Islands is not ranked in the table below because there is no data for that territory.[note 1] The Northern Mariana Islands is the only state/territory with no carbon dioxide emissions data.

The region with the highest total carbon dioxide emissions is Texas, and the region with the lowest total carbon dioxide emissions is American Samoa. The region with the highest per capita carbon dioxide emissions is Wyoming, and the region with the lowest per capita carbon dioxide emissions is the District of Columbia.

Table[edit]

Rank Jurisdiction Annual CO2
emissions
in 2016
(in millions of
metric tons)
[1][note 2]
Percentage
of total
emissions [note 3]
Population
(estimate in 2016)[3]
Percentage
of total
population[note 4]
CO2 emissions
per capita
(in metric tons)
- States, D.C. and
territories total
5,214.58 [note 5] 100% 326,912,174 [note 6] 100% 15.95 [note 7]
- States and D.C. Total 5,189.4 99.51% [note 8] 323,127,513 98.84% [note 9] 16.059
1  Texas 657.4 12.7% 27,862,596 8.52% 23.59
2  California 363.3 7.0% 39,250,017 12.006% 9.256
3  Florida 231.3 4.5% 20,612,439 6.305% 11.22
4  Pennsylvania 218.6 4.2% 12,784,227 3.91% 17.09
5  Louisiana 210.3 4.1% 4,681,666 1.43% 44.919
6  Ohio 207.4 4.0% 11,614,373 3.55% 17.857
7  Illinois 205.2 4.0% 12,801,539 3.915% 16.029
8  Indiana 182.9 3.5% 6,633,053 2.029% 27.57
9 New York (state) New York 164.6 3.2% 19,745,289 6.039% 8.33
10  Michigan 152.6 2.9% 9,928,300 3.036% 15.37
11 Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia 137.0 2.6% 10,310,371 3.153% 13.287
12  Kentucky 124.6 2.4% 4,436,974 1.357% 28.082
13  North Carolina 121.2 2.3% 10,146,788 3.103% 11.944
14  Missouri 118.3 2.3% 6,093,000 1.863% 19.415
15  Alabama 115.7 2.2% 4,863,300 1.487% 23.79
16  New Jersey 111.4 2.1% 8,944,469 2.736% 12.454
17  Virginia 104.8 2.0% 8,411,808 2.573% 12.458
18  Tennessee 103.6 2.0% 6,651,194 2.034% 15.57
19  Oklahoma 97.4 1.9% 3,923,561 1.20% 24.824
20  Wisconsin 96.1 1.9% 5,778,708 1.767% 16.63
21  West Virginia 95.1 1.8% 1,831,102 0.56% 51.935
22  Minnesota 89.7 1.7% 5,519,952 1.688% 16.25
23  Colorado 89.5 1.7% 5,540,545 1.694% 16.153
24  Arizona 87.5 1.7% 6,931,071 2.12% 12.624
25 Washington (state) Washington 79.3 1.5% 7,288,000 2.229% 10.88
26  Iowa 73.5 1.4% 3,134,693 0.958% 23.44
27  South Carolina 72.1 1.4% 4,961,119 1.517% 14.53
28  Mississippi 69.3 1.3% 2,988,726 0.914% 23.187
29  Massachusetts 64.5 1.2% 6,811,779 2.083% 9.468
30  Arkansas 62.8 1.2% 2,988,248 0.914% 21.015
31  Kansas 62.4 1.2% 2,907,289 0.889% 21.46
32  Wyoming 61.0 1.2% 585,501 0.179% 104.184
33  Utah 59.1 1.1% 3,051,207 0.933% 19.369
34  Maryland 57.9 1.1% 6,016,447 1.84% 9.623
35   North Dakota 54.6 1.1% 757,952 0.231% 72.036
36  Nebraska 48.8 0.9% 1,907,116 0.583% 25.588
37  New Mexico 48.7 0.9% 2,081,015 0.636% 23.402
38  Oregon 38.2 0.7% 4,093,465 1.252% 9.331
39  Nevada 36.9 0.7% 2,940,058 0.899% 12.55
40  Alaska 35.1 0.7% 741,894 0.226% 47.311
41  Connecticut 34.5 0.7% 3,576,452 1.094% 9.646
42  Montana 30.6 0.6% 1,042,520 0.318% 29.351
43  Puerto Rico 19.8 0.38% 3,411,307 1.043% 5.818
44  Hawaii 18.5 0.4% 1,428,557 0.436% 12.95
45  Idaho 18.5 0.4% 1,683,140 0.514% 10.991
46  Maine 16.6 0.3% 1,331,479 0.407% 12.467
47  South Dakota 15.1 0.3% 865,454 0.264% 17.447
48  New Hampshire 13.8 0.3% 1,334,795 0.408% 10.338
49  Delaware 13.4 0.3% 952,065 0.291% 14.074
50  Rhode Island 9.8 0.2% 1,056,426 0.323% 9.276
51  Vermont 6.0 0.1% 624,594 0.191% 9.606
52  District of Columbia 2.8 0.1% 681,170 0.208% 4.11
53  U.S. Virgin Islands 2.764 0.053% 102,951 0.0314% 26.847
54  Guam 2.214 0.042% 162,742 0.049% 13.604
55  American Samoa 0.361 0.0069% 54,194 0.0165% 6.663
 Northern Mariana Islands No data No data 53,467 0.0163% No data

Source for territories (population): CIA World Factbook (2016 web.archive.org captures) for 2016 populations,[4][note 10] plus 2019 versions of the CIA World Factbook which contain 2017 carbon dioxide data for four of the five territories[5][6][7][8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

General[edit]

  • The 'States and D.C. Total' value represents the sum of CO
    2
    emissions from the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. This value differs from total U.S. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion reported in the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. The U.S. inventory value is larger because it includes emissions from U.S. territories and protectorates; it also uses a different approach for estimating emissions from non-energy uses of fossil fuels (which are not included in the combustion-related values shown in this table).
  • Nationally, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion represented the largest source (76%) of total GWP–weighted emissions from all emission sources in 2014.[2] Similarly, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions within a state.[2]
  • Numbers for territories include only fossil fuel numbers — they do not include petroleum, natural gas, and coal numbers.<-- should the U.S. territories include these numbers?—>

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ The CIA World Factbook does not have any information about CO2 emissions in their Northern Mariana Islands page, and the EIA lists carbon dioxide emissions for the Northern Mariana Islands as “NA” (Not Available).
  2. ^ Territories data is from 2017.
  3. ^ Total emissions is for the 50 states and District of Columbia only. Percentages for states are out of the 50 states and District of Columbia. Percentages for territories are the percent they would be if territories were included in the total.
  4. ^ The total population is the 50 states, District of Columbia, and 5 inhabited self-governing territories. (Percentages for each state/territory use the 326,912,174 number as the total.)
  5. ^ Total is for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Does not include the Northern Mariana Islands (no data for the Northern Mariana Islands).
  6. ^ 2016 populations: 323,127,513 (50 states + DC) + 54,194 (AS) + 162,742 (GU) + 53,467 (MP) + 3,411,307 (PR) + 102,951 (VI) — 50 states, DC & Puerto Rico data from Census; other territories data from CIA World Factbook (2016 web.archive.org captures).
  7. ^ Because the Northern Mariana Islands has no data, the per capita number uses the total population minus the Northern Mariana Islands population (i.e. 326,858,707 total).
  8. ^ If only the 50 states and D.C. are included, total is 100%. If counting the 50 states, D.C. and territories, the total for only the states and D.C. (out of that group) is 99.5%.
  9. ^ If including only the states and D.C., percent is 100%. If the total is for states, D.C. and territories, the percent for only states and D.C. (out of that group) is 98.84%
  10. ^ Puerto Rico 2016 population derived from Census, not CIA World Facebook

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://www.eia.gov/state/data.php?sid=US
    Eia.gov. (Note: The URL is for total US data. To see data of an individual state, change the two-letter abbreviation at end of URL to the state’s abbreviation, such as AL for Alabama, or AQ / GQ / CQ / RQ / VQ for the territories.) Retrieved June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report: 1990-2014". US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk American FactFinder. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population. April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016. 2016 Population Estimates. Retrieved June 2019.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20161011002629/https://www.cia.gov/library//publications/the-world-factbook/geos/aq.html
    https://web.archive.org/web/20161011000037/https://www.cia.gov/library//publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gq.html
    https://web.archive.org/web/20161011002151/https://www.cia.gov/library//publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cq.html
    https://web.archive.org/web/20161011002006/https://www.cia.gov/library//publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vq.html
    CIA World Factbook (web.archive.org captures) — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/aq.html
    The CIA World Facebook. American Samoa. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/gq.html
    CIA World Factbook — Guam. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/rq.html CIA World Factbook — Puerto Rico. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/vq.html CIA World Factbook — U.S. Virgin Islands. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

External links[edit]

Tableau Public Chart of the 2014 data on Tableau Public