About This Statistic
This graph depicts the number of participants in the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. from 2009 to 2016. Hiking was the fourth-most popular outdoor activity in the U.S. in 2016 with 42.2 million total participants.
Outdoor activities - additional information
Running, jogging and trail running have been the most popular outdoor activities in the United States over the years. The number of participants in the activities reached 52.3 million in 2016, up from 51.5 million in 2015. Despite this slight increase in the number of participants, running and jogging remains the most popular activity.
There are different motivational factors to take part in outdoor activities, such as jogging, hiking, camping, biking and fishing, but 68 percent of Americans stated that getting exercise motivated them to participate in outdoor activities in 2015. Other important factors included being with family and friends, keeping physically fit and being close to nature.
The gender difference in outdoor activity participation is quite significant. In prior years, more men than women have tended to participate in outdoor activities. In 2015, the participation gender gap was eight percent. In 2015, 31 percent of the Americans with a household income of more than 100,000 U.S. dollars participated in outdoor activities, compared to just 14 percent of those with an income of less than 25,000 U.S. dollars. Compared to other ethnicities in the United States, the Caucasian population had the largest share of outdoor activity participants with 74 percent in 2015.