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

The 2014 South Carolina chapter containing text and data tables is available in PDF and XLS formats. Other years are available through the links below, and 2015-2016 data are presented in the table.

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 2016 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in South Carolina1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2015 Quantity 2015 Value (thousands) 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands)
Cement, masonry thousand metric tons (1000 t) 168 26,000e 185 28,600e
Cement, portland 1000 t 3,070 318,000e 2,860 300,000e
Clay, kaolin 1000 t 346r 30,600r 347 31,200
Gemstones, naturale   NA 2 NA 2
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 8,350r 42,300r 8,650 49,600
Sand and gravel, industrial 1000 t 551 24,400 495 21,000
Stone, crushed 1000 t 23,900r 275,000r 28,200 341,000
Combined values of clay [common clay and (or) shale], stone [dimension (2015)], vermiculite   XX (7) XX (7)
Total (partial)   XX 719,000r XX 771,000

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 March 2019.

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 South Carolina chapters:

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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