Readership of poetry in the U.S. 2012-2017, by ethnicity

This statistic shows the share of adults reading poetry in the United States in 2012 and 2017, broken down by ethnicity. The data reveals that the share of surveyed Asian Americans in the U.S. reading poetry more than doubled in five years, increasing from 4.8 percent in 2012 to 12.6 percent in 2017. In fact, there was a significant increase in poetry readership among all surveyed ethnic groups.

Share of adults reading poetry in the United States in 2012 and 2017, by ethnicity

African AmericanAsian AmericanNon-white, non-Hispanic groupsHispanicsNon-Hispanic whites
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Release date

June 2018


United States

Survey time period

2012 and 2017

Number of respondents


Age group

18 to 24 years

Method of interview

Questionnaires and telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

*The source did not provide a breakdown for sample size by ethnicity.

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