Motivation to participate in outdoor activities among Caucasians in the U.S. in 2017

This statistic shows the motivation to participate in outdoor activities among Caucasians in the United States in 2017. During the survey, 47 percent of Caucasians in the U.S. said they participated in outdoor activities to be with family and friends.

Motivation to participate in outdoor activities among Caucasians in the United States in 2017

Share of respondents
Get exercise 57%
Be with family and friends47%
Keep physically fit 44%
Be close to nature 42%
Observe scenic beauty37%
Enjoy the sounds and smells of nature 37%
Get away from the usual demands 34%
Experience excitement and adventure 30%
Be with people who enjoy the same things I do 27%
Because it is cool 21%
Experience solitude 20%
Develop my skills and abilities 20%
Gain a sense of self-confidence19%
Be with people who share my values 17%
Gain a sense of accomplishment15%
Talk to new and varied people 11%
Other reason(s)4%
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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 years and older

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 during the year. 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 motivates you to participate in outdoor activities?".

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