Most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2017

Most popular outdoor activities in the United States from 2009 to 2017, by number of participants (in millions)

by S. Lock, last edited Jul 17, 2019
Most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2017 In 2017, running, jogging and trail running were the most popular outdoor activities amongst people in the U.S. aged six years and older - accounting for a total of 55.9 million participants. Another popular outdoor pastime for those in the U.S. was freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing, with the second highest number of participants in the same year.
 Running leads the race 

Running was not only the most favored outdoor activity among U.S. citizens when measured by number of participants, it also came out on top in terms of the number of total annual outings. In 2017, the average outdoor participant of running, jogging and trail running went on around 76 outings. Comparatively, fishing also proved a very popular outdoor activity with approximately 49 million total participants in 2017, however, the frequency was much lower at only 18 outings annually.

Outdoor activity and ethnicity

In the United States, the majority of participants in outdoor activities were Caucasian in 2017, more precisely a total of 74 percent . In that year, it was recorded that only 10 percent of outdoor activity participants were Hispanic and nine percent were African American.
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Most popular outdoor activities in the United States from 2009 to 2017, by number of participants (in millions)

Car, backyard and RV campingHikingRoad biking, mountain biking and BMXFreshwater, saltwater and fly fishingRunning, jogging and trail running
20094432.643.34844.7
201042.332.442.345.450.2
201142.534.54346.251.5
20123834.542.34653.2
20133634.3846.645.957.6
201440.536.3444653.7
20154037.24345.751.5
201640.542.245.947.152.3
201741.844.947.549.155.9
Car, backyard and RV campingHikingRoad biking, mountain biking and BMXFreshwater, saltwater and fly fishingRunning, jogging and trail running
20094432.643.34844.7
201042.332.442.345.450.2
201142.534.54346.251.5
20123834.542.34653.2
20133634.3846.645.957.6
201440.536.3444653.7
20154037.24345.751.5
201640.542.245.947.152.3
201741.844.947.549.155.9
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by S. Lock, last edited Jul 17, 2019
In 2017, running, jogging and trail running were the most popular outdoor activities amongst people in the U.S. aged six years and older - accounting for a total of 55.9 million participants. Another popular outdoor pastime for those in the U.S. was freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing, with the second highest number of participants in the same year.
 Running leads the race 

Running was not only the most favored outdoor activity among U.S. citizens when measured by number of participants, it also came out on top in terms of the number of total annual outings. In 2017, the average outdoor participant of running, jogging and trail running went on around 76 outings. Comparatively, fishing also proved a very popular outdoor activity with approximately 49 million total participants in 2017, however, the frequency was much lower at only 18 outings annually.

Outdoor activity and ethnicity

In the United States, the majority of participants in outdoor activities were Caucasian in 2017, more precisely a total of 74 percent . In that year, it was recorded that only 10 percent of outdoor activity participants were Hispanic and nine percent were African American.
Show more
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