Most Americans think the US gets its oil from Saudi Arabia — what’s the real answer?

Published August 14th, 2015 - 11:00 GMT
US imports most of its oil from Canada, with Saudi Arabia still coming in second. (Shutterstock)
US imports most of its oil from Canada, with Saudi Arabia still coming in second. (Shutterstock)

There's a major difference between public perception and the truth when it comes to US oil imports.

A series of charts created by Randal Olson, a data visualizer at the University of Pennsylvania, goes to show there's still a lot Americans don't understand about where the US gets its oil. While the public still largely thinks US oil comes from Saudi Arabia, data from the UT Energy Poll proves otherwise. 

What Americans think their oil imports look like:

What US oil imports really look like: 

The US does, in fact, still get a lot of oil from the Middle East. But the Saudi kingdom comes in second to Canada. 

Oil imports from Canada have been steadily increasing for a couple of decades. Two new pipelines in North America have especially sped up imports as they help move crude oil from Canada to the US.

Here is the trajectory, by the US Energy Information Administration: 

By Hayat Norimine


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