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Nature Tourist Demographics

All participants nationwide, 16 years and older:
64% urban,
36% rural
46% male,
54% female
7% mobility, hearing, sight or developmentally challenged

Region of origin:
Northeast 37%
Southeast 24%
Midwest and Southwest 16%
West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii 14% (3% from Washington)

Age:
Under 18 years 3%
18-34 years 23%
35-54 years 49%
55 and older 24%

Education:
High school diploma 89%
College degree 33%
Advanced degree 14%

Household Income:
Under $25,000 - 14%
$25,000 to $40,000 - 16%
$40,000 to $75,000- 29%
Over $75,000 - 24%

Average amount spent on wildlife watching in 2001:
(trip related expenses, equipment and other expenses): $738

Average days spent watching wildlife away from home: 17

Wildlife observed:
Birds 85%
Land Mammals 71%
Fish 29%
Marine mammals 14%
Other wildlife (reptiles, insects etc.) 43%

Activity participated in:
Observe wildlife 64%
Photograph wildlife 21%
Feed wildlife 82%
Visit public parks or areas 17%
Maintain plantings in natural areas 20%

Type of lands visited:
Public 77%
Private 40%
Oceanside 24%
Lakes and streams 63%
Marsh, wetlands, swamps 42%
Woodlands 68%
Brushlands 57%
Fields and prairies 57%
Man-made areas 28%

All data are from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.


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