Mining & Mineral Statistics

Mineral Usage Statistics

2021 MEC Mineral Baby

This graphic shows examples of the 2.96 million pounds of minerals, metals, and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime. Calculations are based on a life expectancy of 77.3 years and mineral use data from the National Mining Association, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Note that the 2020 U.S. life expectancy was significantly lower than the 2019 number of 78.6, per, July 2021.  Additionally, Covid-related shut-downs affected production levels of some mineral commodities in 2020.

2021 MEC Minerals Needed Every Year (Per Capita Use of Minerals)

This graphic illustrates the quantity of minerals needed for each person in the United States this year. For example, based on 2020 production, 682 lbs. of cement will be needed to make the roads, sidewalks, bridges, schools and houses you will use this year.

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Link to United States Geological Survey to find current Commodity Statistics and Information.

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usgsPublished on an annual basis, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mineral Commodity reports are the earliest Government publications to furnish estimates covering nonfuel mineral industry data. Data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for over 90 individual minerals and materials.
The National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) data and statistics pages provide analyzable data files and summary statistics for the U.S. mining industry. The information presented is generated using employment, accident, and injury data collected by the Mine Safety and Health Administration: