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Participants in ice skating in the U.S. from 2006 to 2017

The number of ice-skating participants in the U.S. aged six years and older, amounted to approximately 10 million in 2017, down from around 10.3 million the previous year. This figure peaked in 2010 with over 12 million ice skating participants and then gradually decreased throughout the years after that.

Ice skating vs. roller skating

Ice skating is a popular recreational activity and/or sport in the United States that can be performed both, indoors and outdoors. Despite its high participation number, a larger share of Americans still prefer to skate on paved solid ground, rather than on ice. In 2017, the number of participants aged six years and older in roller skating amounted to nearly 12 million.

Sports on ice

Another popular sports among Americans that is also performed on ice is hockey - in 2017, the number of participants aged six years or older in ice hockey amounted to over two and a half million.

Number of participants in ice skating in the United States from 2006 to 2017 (in millions)*

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Release date

July 2018


United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2017

Number of respondents

30,999 respondents

Age group

6 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*A weighting technique was used to balance the data to reflect the total U.S. population ages six and above.
A participant is defined as an individual who took part in the activity at least once in the given year.
Number of survey participants: 40,141 (2009) / 38,742 (2010) / 38,172 (2011) / 42,363 (2012) / 19,240 (2013) / 10,778 (2014) / 32,658 (2015) / 24,134 (2016); Information on survey dates for 2006 to 2008 were not given.
Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.
Figures prior to 2017 were taken from previous reports.

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