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

The 2014 Kentucky chapter containing text and data tables is available in PDF and XLS formats. Other years are available 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. 

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 - Kentucky chapters

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

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Kentucky1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2014 Quantity 2014 Value (thousands) 2015 Quantity 2015 Value (thousands)
Gemstones, naturale   NA 11 NA 16
Sand and gravel, construction Thousand metric tons (1000 t) 8,510 41,500 9,040 45,500
Stone, crushed 1000 t 51,000r 460,000r 54,500 500,000
Combined values of cement, clay (ball and common), lime, sand and gravel (industrial)   XX (7) XX (7)
Total (partial)   XX 502,000r XX 546,000

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.

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

Minerals Yearbook Volume II Kentucky chapters:

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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