Industrial sand and gravel production in the U.S. 2015-2019

This statistic displays the production volume of industrial sand and gravel in the U.S. from 2015 to 2019. In 2019, there was a total of 110 million metric tons of sand and gravel produced in the United States for industrial purposes. Most of the produced material was used as hydraulic fracturing sand and well-packing and cementing sand.

Industrial sand and gravel in the U.S.

Production of industrial sand and gravel may be very costly depending on the deposit and regulations that may protect the region it is located in. This material is produced in all 50 states of the United States. The production of industrial sand and gravel has gradually increased in the U.S. from about 27.5 million metric tons in 2009 to 110 million metric tons in 2019. Following the United States, The Netherlands and Spain are the largest producers of industrial sand and gravel, producing 54 and 36 million metric tons, respectively, in the same year. The amount used in the U.S. was valued at 5.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, an increase from the 937 million U.S. dollars in 2008. Wisconsin is one of the largest sellers/users of industrial sand and gravel, with about 31.5 million metric tons in 2017. The U.S. also imports this material mostly from Canada.

About half of industrial sand and gravel is used for construction, the rest may be used for purposes such as concrete production, road construction, asphalt, and for icy roads in the winter. Crushed stone is an alternative that can be substituted for this sand and gravel in some cases.

Production of industrial sand and gravel in the United States from 2015 to 2019

Production in thousand metric tons
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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Supplementary notes

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