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Welcome to the Choose Energy® August 2021 Natural Gas Rate Report. Does your state have cheap residential natural gas (all prices in dollars per thousand cubic feet)?

What youll find on this page

Top 10 states for the cheapest natural gas

State May rate (in dollars/thousand cubic feet)
Idaho 7.64
Utah 8.38
North Dakota 9.30
Minnesota 9.71
Wyoming 9.75
Montana 9.76
Nevada 10.52
Colorado 10.67
New Mexico 10.78
Michigan 10.81

There’s another side to that coin, of course. Following are the states with the highest residential natural gas prices.

Top 10 states for the most expensive residential natural gas

State May rate in dollars/thousand cubic feet)
Hawaii 49.36
South Carolina 21.94
Georgia 21.57
Arizona 19.03
Alabama 18.69
Maryland 18.40
Connecticut 18.18
Maine 17.76
Rhode Island 17.06
Kansas 16.92

See where your state ranks for residential natural gas prices.

The Choose Energy® August Natural Gas Rate Report

State Latest rate (dollars/thousand cubic feet) Rank % change
Alabama 18.69 37 12.8
Alaska 12.04 16 8.8
Arizona 19.03 38 20.0
Arkansas NA NA NA
California NA NA NA
Colorado 10.67 8 15.8
Connecticut 18.18 35 15.2
Delaware 15.71 29 23.4
Florida NA NA NA
Georgia 21.57 39 32.5
Hawaii 49.36 41 13.8
Idaho 7.64 1 8.8
Illinois 13.2 19 15.6
Indiana 11.77 15 22.3
Iowa 13.25 20 21.9
Kansas 16.92 32 47.2
Kentucky NA NA NA
Louisiana NA NA NA
Maine 17.76 34 13.6
Maryland 18.4 36 33.5
Massachusetts 15.4 28 -1.0
Michigan 10.81 10 16.7
Minnesota 9.71 4 18.4
Mississippi NA NA NA
Missouri 13.36 22 24.1
Montana 9.76 6 11.4
Nebraska 11.27 13 27.3
Nevada 10.52 7 11.8
New Hampshire 16.41 30 3.9
New Jersey 10.81 11 9.0
New Mexico 10.78 9 13.7
New York 14.92 26 8.5
North Carolina 16.50 31 13.4
North Dakota 9.30 3 24.6
Ohio 14.79 25 35.3
Oklahoma 13.67 23 28.3
Oregon 12.88 18 0.8
Pennsylvania 13.26 21 11.6
Rhode Island 17.06 33 9.0
South Carolina 21.94 40 40.6
South Dakota 11.01 12 1.4
Tennessee 12.57 17 20.9
Texas NA NA NA
Utah 8.38 2 3.0
Vermont 15.12 27 14.0
Virginia NA NA NA
Washington NA NA NA
West Virginia 11.38 14 12.0
Wisconsin 14.4 24 NA
Wyoming 9.75 5 9.3
U.S. 14.01 14.7

The natural gas story

ChooseEnergy.com® analysts, by combing through the U.S. Energy Information Administration data for May 2021, the most recent available, figured out the states where natural gas is cheapest and where the bulk of it is produced in the nation.

How do prices compare with the previous month?

Nationally, residential natural gas rates rose 14.7 percent from April to May. Prices went up in every state except in Massachusetts, which saw a price decrease of 1.03 percent.

Where is natural gas the cheapest for industrial users?

In May, prices were lowest for natural gas industrial users in North Dakota – $2.64 per 1,000 cubic feet. The average price for the U.S. in May was $4.09, about 3.02 percent higher than in April.

Top 10 states for cheap industrial natural gas

State Latest rate (in dollars/thousand cubic feet)
North Dakota 2.64
West Virginia 2.80
Texas 3.29
Louisiana 3.31
Oklahoma 3.58
Idaho 3.76
Alabama 3.94
Kentucky 3.98
Alaska 4.00
Virginia 4.09

Again, there’s another side to industrial natural gas.

Top 10 states for the most expensive industrial natural gas

State Latest rate (in dollars/thousand cubic feet)
Rhode Island 9.96
Massachusetts 9.73
New Hampshire 9.66
Maryland 9.63
Wisconsin 9.33
California 8.16
New York 7.75
Illinois 7.29
Ohio 7.21
Michigan 7.06

See industrial natural gas rates in your state for Mary, as well as the percentage increase or decrease from April.

State by state industrial natural gas prices and changes from the month before

State Latest rate (in dollars/thousand cubic feet) % change
Alabama 3.94 4.5
Alaska 4.00 NA
Arizona 5.38 -3.0
Arkansas 6.41 -3.4
California 8.16 -7.2
Colorado 6.27 NA
Connecticut 5.51 NA
Delaware NA NA
Florida NA NA
Georgia 4.60 3.3
Hawaii NA NA
Idaho 3.76 0.5
Illinois 7.29 NA
Indiana NA NA
Iowa 6.02 1.5
Kansas 4.49 NA
Kentucky 3.98 NA
Louisiana 3.31 -6.7
Maine NA NA
Maryland 9.63 NA
Massachusetts 9.73 -7.0
Michigan 7.06 NA
Minnesota 4.78 21.9
Mississippi 4.66 1.3
Missouri 5.81 -3.1
Montana 7.05 4.6
Nebraska 3.94 -10.4
Nevada 5.24 6.7
New Hampshire 9.66 -2.0
New Jersey 6.70 -4.5
New Mexico 5.24 6.7
New York 7.75 1.8
North Carolina 5.57 -3.1
North Dakota 2.64 5.6
Ohio 7.21 NA
Oklahoma 3.58 12.5
Oregon 4.80 1.05
Pennsylvania NA NA
Rhode Island 9.96 2.7
South Carolina 4.57 14.5
South Dakota 6.64 NA
Tennessee 4.67 4.4
Texas 3.29 15.8
Utah 5.24 -2.4
Vermont 4.81 4.3
Virginia 4.09 -4.8
Washington NA NA
West Virginia 2.80 2.94
Wisconsin 9.33 NA
Wyoming NA NA
US 4.09 3.0

Where does the most U.S. natural gas originate?

The obvious answer, Texas, is the correct one. Following are the top 10 states that produce the most natural gas in the U.S., their March production (in million cubic feet), where they ranked against one another, and the amount production changed in May compared with April:

Top producers of natural gas

State May-2021 Rank % change
Texas 18,005 1 13.6
Florida 15,753 2 18.6
Pennsylvania 9.541 3 15.2
California 6,157 4 6.9
Louisiana 5,187 5 11.7
Georgia 4,475 6 1.9
Arizona 4,284 7 13.9
Ohio 4,188 8 14.5
New York 4,022 9 31.2
Alabama 3,945 10 16.1

Top 10 states for percentage of total electricity from natural gas

State % from natural gas State % from natural gas
Delaware 92.6 Massachusetts 62.3
Rhode Island 84.8 Virginia 58.3
Florida 72.5 Nevada 53.2
Mississippi 71.3 Pennsylvania 52.4
Louisiana 66.0 Connecticut 49.7

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 (Last updated August 12, 2021)

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