Reasons 6-12 year olds did not participate in outdoor activities in the U.S. in 2017

This statistic shows the reasons why six to 12 year olds did not participate in outdoor activities in the United States in 2017. During the survey, 18 percent of six to 12 year olds said they did not participate in outdoor activities because they were too busy with other recreation activities.

Reasons why six to 12 year olds did not participate in outdoor activities in the United States in 2017*

Share of respondents
Outdoor recreation equipment is too expensive 21%
Too busy with other recreation activities 18%
Too busy with family responsibilities 16%
Places for outdoor recreation are too expensive 14%
I do not have anyone to participate with 12%
I do not have the skills or abilities 11%
Places for outdoor recreation are too far away 10%
I do not have enough information 8%
I have no way to get to venues for outdoor recreation 7%
Places for outdoor recreation are poorly maintained 5%
I am afraid of getting hurt by other people 5%
I have a physical disability 5%
Places for outdoor recreation are too crowded 4%
Venues for outdoor recreation are polluted 4%
I have household members with a physical disability 3%
I am afraid of getting hurt by animals 3%
My health is poor 3%
Other reason(s)17%
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Source

Release date

July 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

during the 2017 calendar year

Number of respondents

30,999 respondents

Age group

6-12 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* A participant in outdoor recreation is defined as an individual who took part in one or more of 40 outdoor activities at least once. Included in those 40 activities are for example backpacking, bicycling, surfing and fishing.
Multiple answers were possible.
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "What keeps you from participating in outdoor activities more?".

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