Monthly electricity consumption in major U.S. cities 2017

Electricity usage varies significantly between U.S. cities. In 2017, Miami had the highest average monthly electricity usage with 1,125 kilowatt hours used on average. San Francisco had the lowest average usage with just 261 kilowatt hours.

Electricity in the U.S.

Electricity is used as a power source for a variety of things in the U.S. including cooling, technology, and some transportation. Electricity is generated from a variety of sources. Globally, coal/peat/oil shale accounts for the largest share of the world’s electricity production. The electricity generating capacity in the U.S. has grown significantly in recent years and is expected to continue to grow.

Energy Usage in the U.S.

Energy consumption in the U.S. shows distinct trends. Primary energy consumption in the U.S. has remained stable since 1998 with some decreases in recent years. However, some sectors consume more than others. In recent years, the electric power sector consumed the largest quantity of energy generated in the U.S.. Sources of energy are also used differently. As of 2018, petroleum and natural gas are the most commonly consumed energy sources in the United States.

Average monthly electricity usage in the U.S. in 2017, by select city

Average monthly usage in kilowatt hours
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Release date

February 2018


United States

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Number of respondents

7,400 respondents

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respondents from 15 U.S. cities

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