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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.