Dairy Consumers - Demographics
With 90% of US households consuming dairy products and 67% having it as a regular part of their diet, in many ways the demographics of dairy consumers reflect those of the US in general. However, there are slight differences across demographics lines in how much dairy is consumed which are detailed below.
GENDER AND AGE
- By far, men below the age of 20 consume the most dairy, at an average of 2.1 cups per day.
- Women under the age of 20 consume approximately the same amount of dairy as adult men (1.76 cups vs 1.71 cups).
- Adult women consume the least amount of dairy at just 1.29 cups per day on average.
- The type of dairy consumed varies by age and gender as well; e.g., "yogurt consumption is highest among Generation Z, Millennials, males and parents, while Generation X, females and households without children are eating less," according to Food Business News.
- No publicly-available surveys link religious belief to dairy consumption.
- Given how wide-spread dairy consumption is, it would be reasonable to hypothesize that dairy consumers mirror the religious beliefs of the population at large.
INCOME AND SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS
- There is no publicly-available research linking education to dairy consumption
- Since education is often linked to income, it is likely that consumers with at least some college education consume slightly more dairy than those with only a high school education or less, but there is no discernible increase between a consumer with a Bachelor's and one with a Master's, for example.