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

The number of U.S. citizens aged six and above that participated roller skating amounted to approximately 11.8 million in 2017. This number has almost halved in size over the past 10 years.

The two types of roller skating

Roller skating is a recreational activity or sport where participants can choose to use either inline skates or 2x2 wheel skates. Inline skates typically have two to four wheels that are arranged in a single line. 2x2 wheel skates, or quad skates, have two front and two real wheels. In 2017, there were approximately 5.3 million participants in inline skating in the U.S., while 2x2 wheel skating proved the more popular of the two engaging around 6.3 million U.S. participants.

Who spends the most time on outdoor activities?

It has been found that children participate more often in outdoor activities than older age groups. In a 2017 survey it was shown that 61 percent of children aged six to twelve participated at least once in an outdoor activity. Comparatively, only 37 percent of respondents aged 45 and older participated in outdoor recreational activities.

Number of participants in roller 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.
Figures include 2x2 wheel roller skating and inline wheel roller skating.

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