National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of South Carolina

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

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

2016-2017 data for South 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

South Carolina leads in vermiculite production and is a major producer of kaolin.  Other industrial minerals include construction & industrial sand/gravel, crushed stone, and portland cement; a gold mine also began production recently.

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 - South Carolina chapters

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

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in South Carolina1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands) 2017 Quantity 2017 Value (thousands)
Cement, masonry thousand metric tons (1000 t) 185 28,600e 174 28,000e
Cement, portland 1000 t 2,860 300,000e 2,970 328,000e
Clay, common and (or) shale 1000 t 165 1,010 191 1,130
Clay, kaolin 1000 t 325r 29,700r 338 29,900
Gemstones, naturale   NA 2 NA 2
Gold5 kilograms -- -- 3,670 149,000
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 8,850r 51,000r 8,870 56,400
Sand and gravel, industrial 1000 t 495 21,000 522 24,600
Stone, crushed 1000 t 28,200 337,000r 29,100 367,000
Vermiculite   (4) (7) (4) (7)
Total (partial)   XX 768,000r XX 984,000

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.

4Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data.

5Recoverable content of ores and concentrates.

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

Minerals Yearbook Volume II South Carolina chapters:

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Contacts

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