U.S. Teenagers - Statistics & Facts

The teenage and adolescent population in the United States has been remained relatively steady over the last five years. When it comes to analyzing a country’s economic status or a market’s scope, teenagers have been recognized as an important demographic group for a long time now, with their spending habits, their working life and their interests and leisure activities monitored, dissected and analyzed. Regarding American teenagers, data are abundant and frequently collected.


Economically speaking, the U.S. youth is looking at a pretty stable set-up: Despite a few hiccups, the U.S. youth unemployment rate has been decreasing over the last decade, and employment prospects are better than in many other economically stable countries. Also, the fact that the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to remain safely in its range between 2 and 3 percent over the next five to ten years helps the economic confidence.

Teenagers nowadays are often accused of spending too much time staring at a screen and not enough time playing outside. Almost a quarter of teenagers reported spending three or more hours watching television on an average school day in 2015. However, certain outdoor activities still remain popular with modern teenagers, with 24 percent of American youth participating in road, mountain, and BMX biking in the same time frame.

These are only snippets of teenage lives and standards of living, but while you may not be aware of everything your teenage daughter or son is involved or interested in, a comprehensive selection of facts and figures to illuminate the general lifestyle of U.S. teenagers is provided in our dossiers and statistics.

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