National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of Arizona

Statistics and information on the nonfuel mineral commodities produced in Arizona

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

The 2012-2013 Arizona chapter containing text and data tables is available in PDF and XLS formats. Other years are available through the links below.

Sources of information

Arizona leads in copper production and is a major producer of crude perlite, molybdenum, silver, & zeolites. It also produces bentonite, cement, common clay, construction & industrial sand & gravel, crushed & dimension stone, gypsum, lime, and salt.

Aggregates by State and End Use, 1971-2015

Statistical Summary

Mineral Commodity Summaries

Mineral Industry Surveys

Minerals Yearbook Volume I -- Metals and Minerals

Mineral Yearbook Volume II - Arizona chapters

The following data table gives nonfuel mineral commodity production data for Arizona extracted from Table 5 in the 2015 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Arizona1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2014 Quantity 2014 Value (thousands) 2015 Quantity 2015 Value (thousands)
Copper4 Thousand metric tons (1000 t) 893 6,260,000 961 5,430,000
Gemstones, naturale   NA 2,370 NA 1,420
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 36,200r 313,000r 38,700 345,000
Silver kilograms 91,400 56,900 99,200 50,100
Stone, crushed 1000 t 8,520r 67,900r 9,360 74,800
Stone, dimension 1000 t 55 6,080 62 6,660
Combined values of cement, clay [bentonite (2015) and common], gold, gypsum (crude), lime, molybdenum concentrates, perlite (crude), rhenium, salt, sand and gravel (industrial), zeolites   XX 738,000r XX 559,000
Total   XX 7,440,000r XX 6,470,000

eEstimated. rRevised. NA Not available. XX Not applicable.

1Includes data from the commodity chapters published in the Minerals Yearbook as they were completed and released through June 2018.

2Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production (including consumption by producers).

3Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.

4Recoverable content of ores and concentrates.

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Madan M Singh

State Mineral Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
Phone: 703-648-4916

Robert M Callaghan

State Mineral Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
Phone: 703-648-7709