National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of Kentucky

Statistics and information on the nonfuel mineral commodities produced in Kentucky

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

2016-2017 data for Kentucky are presented in the table on this web page. The 2015 chapter data tables (XLS) and 2014 chapter containing text and data tables in PDF and XLS formats are now available, as well as other years through the links below.

Sources of information

Kentucky is a major producer of lime and ball clay, and produces common clay, construction and industrial sand/gravel, crushed stone, masonry/portland cements, and gemstones. 

Statistical Summary

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use

Mineral Commodity Summaries

Mineral Industry Surveys

Minerals Yearbook Volume I -- Metals and Minerals

Mineral Yearbook Volume II - Kentucky chapters

The following data table gives nonfuel mineral commodity production data for Kentucky extracted from Table 5 in the 2017 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Kentucky1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands) 2017 Quantity 2017 Value (thousands)
Clay: common thousand metric tons (1000 t) 133 4,630 141 4,860
Gemstones, naturale NA NA 13 NA 17
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 8,780r 42,000r 7,950 38,100
Stone, crushed 1000 t 50,100r 463,000r 50,700 476,000
Combined values of cement, lime, sand and gravel (industrial)   XX (7) XX (7)
Total (partial)   XX 506,900 XX 519,000

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 December 2020.

2Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production (including consumption by producers). Mine output measured as sold or used by producers is primarily shown in the tables, because values can be assigned. Where sold or used data are not available, actual mine output is used as the production measurement and value is estimated average price of the mineral commodity for that year. Data are reported in gross weight unless otherwise specified.

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

7Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data; value included in "Undistributed" in the U.S. total value.

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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