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Stone Industry Statistical Data

Size of Industry (U.S.)

Dimension Stone
9,689 firms
85,966 employees
$3,153 million annual payroll

Crushed Stone
2,223 firms
42,059 employees
$21,780 million annual payroll

Total Consumption
$30 billion

Source: US Census Bureau

Legislative Brief

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Import Export Data
Source: U.S. Customs as reported by Stone World magazine.

International Stone Usage Reports
Source: Multiple (see link)

Percentage of stone companies expecting an increase in sales in 2019
Source: Stone Fabricator Market Forecast for 2019

Percentage of companies indicating they would purchase a CNC machine in 2014. Source: MIA 2014 Fabricator Benchmarking Report

Percent increase in 2017 natural stone wholesale flooring sales over 2016 sales. Source: Floor Covering Weekly, July 2018.

The increase in 2018 construction spending over 2017. Source: FMI Corp.

Percent of kitchen and bath designers responding "Islands" for the feature in greatest demand in kitchen projects. Source: The Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI).

Stone is the world's original building and memorial material. It has been used for thousands of years and most of the oldest, remaining structures in the world are made from stone. Stone continues to be used in and on new structures. Its natural beauty and enduring quality is highly preferred.

Many economies have emerged from the global economic recession and the use of natural stone is resurging, continuing the trend and desire for natural stone begun centuries ago.


Recent Reports:

January 17, 2019: CAMBRIDGE, MA – Annual growth in the national market for home improvement and repair is expected to slow considerably by the end of the year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) recently released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects that gains in renovation and repair spending to owner-occupied homes in the U.S. will shrink from 7.5 percent in 2018 to 5.1 percent in 2019. Read More

FMI First Quarter 2019 Report: North American Construction Outlook: Total engineering and construction spending for the U.S. is forecast to end up 3 percent in 2019, compared to up 4 percent in 2018. Read More

October 18, 2018: CAMBRIDGE, MA – After several years of solid acceleration, annual growth in national home improvement and repair spending is expected to soften in 2019, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.  Read More   

February 6, 2018: Landscape architecture firms experienced consistently healthy conditions for the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest American Society of Landscape Architects’ Business Quarterly survey. Although billable hours slightly retreated, inquiries for new work grew. A growing number of firms are planning to boost hiring during the first quarter. Read ASLA Business Survey Shows Balanced Conditions for Landscape Architecture Firms” here.

December 2016: The Egyptian marble, granite and alabaster natural stone sector now ranks eighth in the world. Exports of stone materials have increased 490% in quantity over the last eight years. Read the complete press release here: MS Marmomacc + Samoter Africa.

October 2016: Strong gains in home renovation and repair spending are expected to continue into next year before tapering, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects that annual growth in home improvement and repair expenditures will continue to increase, surpassing eight percent by the second quarter of 2017 before moderating somewhat later in the year.

March 2016: Industry Outlook:  A forecast for the countertop industry for 2016 and beyond appears in the Q1 2016 issue of ISFA's Countertops & Architectural Surfaces magazine.  Read the entire article here.

February 2016: Gilbane Building Co. discusses "Construction Economics, Market Conditions in Construction” in its winter 2015-2016 issue of “Building for the Future.” The executive summary outlines a positive outlook for nonresidential building starts, irrespective of a shortage of trained workers. Executive Summary Download full report here.

January 2016: Expenditures for home improvements should see healthy gains in 2016, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate from 4.3% in the first quarter of 2016 to 7.6% in the third quarter. By then, the level of annual spending in nominal terms is anticipated to surpass the previous peak set in 2006. To see the entire press release with full size graphic, go to:


The following links are for informational purposes only. The listed links are representative of information on the internet and are not comprehensive. No inferences should be drawn from whether or not a source is referenced. Natural Stone Institute is not responsible for broken or discontinued links. We welcome input on additional industry statistics for consideration to this industry resource.

Stone Industry Information

  • Mineral Industry Survey-Dimension Stone (United States Quarried Granite Information) production, import and export data.
  • Stone World Magazine statistics page: natural stone import and export data by country, US dollar amount and tonnage.
  • Stone Update reviews and provides analysis of U.S. dimension stone imports. See
  • Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants provides statistics on stone and ceramic tile sales.
  • National Building Granite Quarries Association provides architectural, ASTM and GSA specifications and color classifications for North American quarried granite.
  • Stone Business Online is the home of the archived content of Stone Business magazine. Although Stone Business is no longer being published, this website is maintained to share a tremendous resource of news and information for the stone industry (click on the "Articles" or "Search" tab at the top of the page).
  • Stone Network is a business to business portal (B2B) with many links for data basis, stone testing, images, suppliers, etc.
  • Stone World magazine publishes a "State of the Industry" in their January edition.
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. Developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, the NAICS provides new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America.
  • 2012 NAICS Code 327991 provides a guide to all the U.S. Census data for the industry categorized as "Cut Stone and Stone Product Manufacturing."

Countertop Industry Surveys & Market Research

New Construction Information

  • Housing Zone, Economic Information provides market data for the residential construction industry.
  • National Association of Home Builders provides economic forecasts and how housing impacts the US economy.
  • National Association of Home Builders, State & Local Data NAHB is not just for builders, but serves the whole home building industry. About one-third of NAHB's members are home builders and/or remodelers, while the remaining two-thirds work in closely related fields such as mortgage financing and building products.
  • Fannie Mae's Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis group provides analysis of current and historical data, and forecasts economic trends in the housing and mortgage-finance markets
  • The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is a diffusion index derived from the monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey, conducted by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group.
  • "Construction Economics, Market Conditions in Construction." A report on 2013 construction economics with a forecast for 2014. Gilbane Building Company. Full Report.
  • U.S. Census Bureau (Department of Commerce)/Forecasts and Table: Reed Construction Data
    • U.S. Total Construction Spending provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S.
    • Residential Construction This page provides national and regional data on the number of new housing units authorized by building permits; authorized, but not started; started; under construction; and completed.

Home Remodeling Information

  • Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), Harvard University publishes housing statistics and analyzes the state of US housing markets.
  • The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) is based on a quarterly survey of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) remodeler members. The Index provides insight on current market conditions as well as future indicators for the remodeling market. 
  • REMODELING magazine provides professional remodelers, contractors and designers with information about home remodeling, kitchen and bath design, renovation, building products, and business management.

International Stone Usage Reports

Quarry Production

Trade Shows

Trade Shows are an easy way to keep abreast of the changes in the natural stone industry. Ranging from new equipment to educational seminars, attending annual tradeshows will be a good investment. For a chronological list of upcoming events, please click here.

  • StonExpo/Marmomac* is the largest North American stone industry event serving fabricators, installers, retailers, distributors and architects. The event brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest natural stone products, tools, services and technologies. StonExpo/Marmomacc also offers top-notch education and networking opportunities focused on creating new business opportunities and driving sales. It is co-located with two other world-class tradeshows, SURFACES and TileExpo, to create The International Surface Event (TISE), the largest, unparalleled event for the flooring, stone and tile industries.  *This event is held in conjunction with the Natural Stone Institute annual meeting.

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