People's Interest in Hobbies

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Hobbies (1)

Five hobbies people in the U.S. commonly engage in include gardening, hunting, fishing, hiking and playing video and computer games. Stats regarding people who participate in each of these hobbies and their reasons for doing so are outlined below.

Gardening

  • Over three-quarters (77%) of U.S. households garden with 34% participating in flower gardening and 36% participating in food gardening.
  • Those aged 50 to 64 are the largest group of gardeners at 29% with 21% of gardeners being age 30 to 49 and 11% being age 18 to 29.
  • The fastest growing group of gardeners is those ages 18 to 34.
  • Men are more likely to participate in lawn and garden-related activities than women, with 11% of men participating on any given day as compared to 7% of women in 2018.
  • Some common reasons people participate in gardening include for physical exercise, to increase their access to fresh vegetables, to connect with family members over a shared activity and to reduce their impact on the environment.

Hunting

  • In 2016, 11.5 million people in the U.S. participated in the sport of fishing. Based on an estimated U.S. population of 323 million in 2016, this amounts to 3.6% of the population.
  • A very large proportion (89.6%) of people who hunt in the U.S. are men.
  • People who hunt are most often from the 55 to 64 (24%) or 45 to 54 (22%) age groups.
  • The vast majority (97%) of hunters in the U.S. are white.
  • Some common motivations for hunting include helping to keep a balance in nature, carrying on traditions, to obtain food and for trophies.

Fishing

  • In 2016, 35.8 million people in the U.S. participated in fishing. Based on an estimated U.S. population of 323 million in 2016, this amounts to 11.1% of the population.
  • Almost three-quarters (73%) of people who fish in the U.S. are men.
  • People who fish are most often from the 65 and older (20%), 55 to 64 (19%) or 45 to 54 (20%) age groups.
  • The vast majority (86%) of people who fish in the U.S. are white.

Hiking

  • In 2017, 44.9 million people in the U.S. participated in hiking. Based on an estimated U.S. population of 325.7 million in 2017, this amounts to 13.8% of the population.
  • People aged 30 to 49 years are slightly more likely to have gone hiking in the past year (18%) followed by those aged 18 to 29 years (17%) and those aged 50 to 64 (16%)
  • Men are more likely to go hiking than women with 59.1% of hikers in the U.S. being male.
  • Asians are the most likely ethnic group in the U.S. to participate in hiking with 19% saying they participate in this activity as compared to 18% of white individuals, 13% of Hispanic individuals and 4% of black individuals.
  • Common reasons people go hiking include for their health, to enjoy the outdoors and to connect with others.

Computer/Video Games

  • Over 164 million adults in the U.S., or 65% of the adult population, play computer or video games.
  • More males (54%) than females (46%) participate in computer or video games.
  • Computer and video game players are most likely to be between the ages of 18 and 24 (16.3%) followed by ages 25 to 27 (14%), and ages 26 to 30 (12.2%).
  • Some common reasons people play video games include entertainment, wanting a challenge, being bored and connecting with other gamers.
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Hobbies (2)

Five hobbies common in the U.S. are yoga, martial arts, cycling, skiing and rock climbing. Information regarding people who participate in each of these hobbies and their reasons for doing so are outlined below.

Yoga

  • 1n 2018, 36 million people in the U.S. participated in yoga. Based on an estimated population of 327.1 million, this amounts to 11% of the population.
  • The majority (72%) of people in the U.S. who participate in yoga are female.
  • Almost half (43%) of those who practice yoga are between the ages of 30 and 49 while 38% are over 50 and 19% are between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • The most common reasons people participate in yoga are to improve flexibility, to reduce stress, and to improve their health and fitness.

Martial Arts

  • Approximately 3.6 million people in the U.S. participate in martial arts. Based on a population of 330.1 million, this amounts to 1.1% of the population.
  • The majority (68%) of martial arts participants are male.
  • The majority (63%) of participants in martial arts are between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • Common reasons people participate in martial arts include increased confidence, fitness, flexibility, coordination and self-defense.

Cycling

  • In 2018, approximately 32% of people in the U.S., or 98.3 million people, rode a bike on at least one occasion.
  • Men cycle more often than women with 38% of men and 25% of women reporting they have ridden a bike in the past year.
  • Children under age 18 are the most likely to ride bikes with 59% of children aged 3 to 9 and 50% of children aged 10 to 18 having ridden a bike in the last year. Among adults, those aged 18 to 24 are the most likely to have ridden a bike in the past year at 38%.
  • Hispanic/Latino Americans and Asian Americas have the highest cycling participation rates at 38% each.
  • Some common reasons people cycle include for health benefits, to save money and to reduce their impact on the environment.

Skiing

  • In 2017, 14.94 million people in the U.S. participated in the sport of skiing. Based on an estimated U.S. population of 325.7 million in 2017, this amounts to 4.6% of the population.
  • There are more male skiers (60%) than female skiers (40%), however, more women are participating in the sport than in the past.
  • The majority of skiers (72%) in the U.S. are white.
  • Skiers aged 38 to 53 (generation X) account for 24.8% of ski resort visits while those aged 22 to 37 (millennials) account for 25.2%. Baby boomers, who are now aged 54 or older, account for 14.8% of visits to ski slopes in the U.S.
  • Some common reasons people participate in the sport of skiing include enjoying the outdoors, wanting a challenge, meeting other people, and exercise/fitness.

Rock Climbing

  • In 2016, 4.9 million people in the U.S., or 1.7% of the population, participating in rock climbing.
  • Approximately 58% of climbers are men.
  • The majority of climbers (65%) are between 18 and 35 years of age.
  • Most climbers (82%) are white.
  • Common reasons people participate in rock climbing are to build fitness, reduce stress and meet other people.
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