Millions of barrels.

What exactly does that mean? Thinking about global oil consumption in statistical terms can be a bit mind-boggling sometimes. We just can’t physically picture millions of barrels in our minds. I mean, we can look out at sprawling cities from the top of a skyscraper and gasp at how many cars and planes we see moving around.

But even then it’s a little difficult because those moving cars are just specs on the road lost in an intertwining city.

My point is we use a ton of oil every day. There’s no way to rationalize a number in our minds, but to help us make some sense of it we could break it down by country and go from there. So without further ado, here’s the top five biggest oil consuming countries.

  1. Russia – 3.2 million barrels per day

Fact: After Saudi Arabia, Russia is also the second biggest oil exporter.

  1. India – 3.6 million barrels per day

Fact: India’s oil consumption has tripled in the past twenty years.

  1. Japan – 4.7 million barrels per day

Fact: Japan actually has very limited oil resources, and they import most of their oil from the Middle East.

  1. China – 10.3 million barrels per day

Fact: China’s oil consumption has doubled since 2000.

  1. United States – 18.5 million barrels per day

Fact: The United States’ highest level of oil consumption was 20.8 million barrels per day in 2005.

About The Author Thomas Kuegler

I am a full-time journalist, travel blogger, and digital nomad currently traveling the United States. I'm a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and my work has also been featured on sites like The Inquisitr and The Odyssey Online. Some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, and having uncontrollable fits of excitement whenever I see dogs. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Messiah College, and in the future I want to backpack Europe by myself, meeting amazing and wonderful people around every corner.