Stone Industry Statistical Data

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.

2014 Fabricator Benchmark Participants (Survey opens October 1st):

Fabricators may begin supplying their company information for the 2014 Fabricator Benchmarking Survey on October 1, 2014. If you haven't received a copy of the survey/participation form, please contact Mike Loflin. Special thanks to Kohler, Cosentino and Tenax for sponsoring this annual benchmarking report. Learn more.

Recent Reports:

December 2014: "Italian Exports of Natural Stone Brake in the First Nine Months of 2014." While the growth of exports of raw and processed marble continues, the granite crisis undermines the general trend of finished products. The specialization for marble with high added value clearly emerges. IMM Carrara. Full Report.

November 2014: "Construction Economics, Market Conditions in Construction." Construction spending for 2014 will finish the year 5.5% higher than 2013. All sectors will contribute to the growth. Gilbane Building Company. Executive Summary.

September 2014: IMM Carrara reports increases in Italian marble exports in the first half of 2014, mainly due to German demand. Exports to the U.S. fell slightly during the same period. Full article.

September 2014: America's older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation. According to Housing America's Older Adults —Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population, the number of adults in the U.S. aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 133 million by 2030, an increase of more than 70 percent since 2000 (see interactive map). But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in too short supply.

June 2014: Cambridge, MA - The U.S. housing recovery should regain its footing, but also faces a number of challenges, concludes The State of the Nation's Housing report released June 26, 2014, by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Tight credit, still elevated unemployment, and mounting student loan debt among young Americans are moderating growth and keeping millennials and other first-time homebuyers out of the market. Read the Executive Summary.

May 2014: "Construction Economics, Market Conditions in Construction." Construction spending for 2014 will finish the year 6.6% higher than 2013, according to the latest report from Gilbane Building Company.
Executive Summary.

Carrara, Italy - Building activity in the world, trends in the stone market and a focused analysis of the stone industry of Brazil are three of many topics discussed in this respected annual report of the international stone industry. "The global growth of the stone sector during the last two decades has been significantly higher than that of the economic system," concludes the author. Reinforcing this statement are forced by statistical analysis and over 100 tables of supporting data. XXIV World Marble and Stones Report 2013, by Dr. Carlo Montani. Bilingual. Italian and English (pp. 36 - 66). Charts and tables begin page 69.

April 2014: Cambridge, MA - Solid growth is expected in the home remodeling market this year but momentum should begin to moderate in the fourth quarter, 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 about After a Strong Start, Remodeling Activity Should See Some Easing Later in the Year

March 2014: A new report by Internazionale Marmi e Macchine Carrara (IMM Carrara) confirms 2013 was very positive for exports of Italian marble and granite. Full Article.

February 2014: MIA issues 2013 Fabricator Benchmarking Survey. This fabricator report offers relevant information for suppliers and international companies seeking information about the North American market. The report also highlights key differences between fabricators operating manual versus automated production facilities. Report components include:

  • Data by Sales Volume
  • Growth Projections for 2014
  • Production Data (manual vs. automated production facilities)
  • Automated Production Data
  • Installation Team Data

Executive Summary

Detailed Information for MIA Members

February 2014:

January 2014: Stone World magazine issues annual fabricator market forecast for 2014. Extreme optimism expressed by the fabricator segment. Full Article.

Dec 2013: "Construction Economics, Market Conditions in Construction." A report on 2013 construction economics with a forecast for 2014. Gilbane Building Company. Executive Summary.

Oct 2013: "Global construction survey 2013 - Ready for the next big wave?" KPMG International. Full Article.

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

Source: US Census Bureau
NOTE: A detailed fact sheet is available to MIA members for use with financial lending institutions.

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

International Stone Usage Reports
Source: Multiple (see link)

Percentage of companies indicating their business grew in 2013.
Source: Stone World market forecast

Percentage of companies indicating they would purchase a CNC machine in 2014.
Source: MIA 2013 Fabricator Benchmarking Report

Percent increase in 2012 natural stone wholesale flooring sales over 2011 sales. Source: Catalina Research as reported by Floor Covering Weekly.

The increase in 2013 construction spending over 2012. Source: Gilbane Building Company.

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).

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. MIA 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.
  • 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.
  • Black Granite — there are many myths and marketing misinformation surrounding this material name. Black is popular, black looks great, black is more expensive. Find out more about this ubiquitous stone at:
  • 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.
  • 2007 NAICS Code 327991 provides the lines of work 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.

  • National Association of Home Builders, the Remodeling Index contains information from additions to repairs. See the resources on future expectations or learn more about the maintenance levels of existing homes.

  • 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 see

  • StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas* 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 Americas also offers top-notch education and networking opportunities focused on creating new business opportunities and driving sales. It is co-located with SURFACES and TileExpo to create The International Surface Event, the largest, unparalleled event for the flooring, stone and tile industries. *This event is held in conjunction with the MIA annual meeting.

Other Economic Resources