Fossil Fuel Prices in Current and Constant (1996) Dollars: 1960 to 2005

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 894):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 31 rows and 47 columns.

In dollars per million British thermal units (Btu), except as indicated. For definition of Btu and mineral fuel conversions, see source and text, this section. All fuel prices taken as close to the point of production as possible. Minus sign (-) indicates decrease


  1. Preliminary.
  2. Derived by multiplying the price per Btu of each fossil fuel by the total Btu content of the
    production of each fossil fuel and dividing this accumulated value of total fossil fuel
    production by the accumulated Btu content of total fossil fuel production.
  3. Domestic first purchase prices.
  4. Wellhead prices.
  5. Free-on board (f.o.b.) rail/barge prices, which are the free-on-board prices of coal at the point of first sale,
    excluding freight or shipping and insurance costs. Includes bituminous coal, subbituminous coal, and


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.