Report: Nearly a quarter of Americans haven’t read a book in the past year | The Numbers Racket
23 percent of U.S. adults say they haven’t read part of or a whole book in print, electronic, or audio format, during the past year
How many books have you read over the past year? Has that number increased or decreased with the COVID-19 pandemic? What other factors might be influencing your decision to read, or not to read?
A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that several demographic traits – such as education level, income level and race – were linked with reading or not reading books.
According to the survey, 23 percent of U.S. adults say they haven’t read part of or a whole book in print, electronic, or audio format, during the past year.
By Age, Race & Gender
The survey found that 28 percent of those ages 50 and older said they haven’t read a book in the past 12 months, compared to 19 percent of those ages 18-49.
Among white adults, 20 percent said they hadn’t read a book in the past 12 months, compared to 25 percent of Black adults and 38 percent of Hispanic adults.
Strangely enough, Pew reports that there was “not a statistically significant difference by gender.”
Education, Income & Location
Social determinants also played a role in whether or not respondents had read a book in the last year.
According to the survey, 39 percent of respondents with a high school education or less reported that they hadn’t read a book in the past 12 months, compared to 17 percent of respondents with some college education and 11 percent with advanced degrees.
Similarly, respondents who made less than $30,000 per year were more likely to say they haven’t read a book in the past year (31 percent) than those making $30,000-$74,999 (24 percent) or those making more than $75,000 per year (15 percent).
Where a respondent lived also influenced their answer.
Just 18 percent of respondents who lived in an urban area said they hadn’t read a book in the past year compared to 25 percent who lived in a suburban area and 29 percent who lived in a rural area.
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