National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of North Carolina

Statistics and information on the nonfuel mineral commodities produced in North Carolina

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

2016-2017 data for North Carolina are summarized 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 available, with other years, through the links below.

Sources of information

North Carolina is the only producer of andalusite and pyrophyllite, and a major producer of common clay, feldspar, mica, and phosphate rock and also produced construction and industrial sand/gravel and crushed stone (mostly granite)

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use

Statistical Summary

Mineral Commodity Summaries

Mineral Industry Surveys

Minerals Yearbook Volume I -- Metals and Minerals

Mineral Yearbook Volume II - North Carolina chapters

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

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in North Carolina1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands) 2017 Quantity 2017 Value (thousands)
Clay, common thousand metric tons (1000 t) 1,600r 37,200r 1,620 34,900
Gemstones, naturale   NA 574 NA 227
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 8,120 52,900 8,660 54,500
Sand and gravel, industrial 1000 t 4,180 58,900 3,610 53,900
Stone, crushed 1000 t 57,800 962,000r 60,200 1,030,000
Stone, dimension 1000 t 92 18,000 84 14,600
Combined values of andalusite, feldspar, mica (crude), phosphate rock, pyrophyllite (crude)   XX (7) XX (7)
Total (partial)   XX 1,130,000r XX 1,190,000

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).

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

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

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Robert M Callaghan

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

Madan M Singh

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