Vegetarianism In America

Vegetarian Times Study Shows 7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians and an additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet.

Vegetarian Times Study Shows
7.3 Million Americans Are Vegetarians

Additional 22.8 Million Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet

The just-released “Vegetarianism in America” study, published by Vegetarian Times (, shows that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all. In addition, 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.

Data for this survey were collected by the Harris Interactive Service Bureau on behalf of Vegetarian Times. The poll surveyed 5,050 respondents, a statistically representative sample of the total U.S. population. Vegetarian Times commissioned RRC Associates, a research firm in Boulder, Colo., to perform the data analysis.

The 2008 study also indicates that of the non-vegetarians surveyed 5.2 percent, or 11.9 million people, are “definitely interested” in following a vegetarian-based diet in the future.

The study also collected data on age, gender and other demographic factors. Of the vegetarians surveyed:

  • 59 percent are female; 41 percent are male.
  • 42.0  percent are age 18 to 34 years old; 40.7 percent are 35 to 54; and 17.4  percent are over 55.
  • 57.1 percent have followed a vegetarian diet for more than 10 years; 18 percent for 5 to 10 years; 10.8  percent for 2 to 5 years, 14.1 percent for less than 2 years.

The 2008 study also indicated that over half (53 percent) of current vegetarians eat a vegetarian diet to improve their overall health. Environmental concerns were cited by 47 percent ; 39 percent cited “ natural approaches to wellness” ; 31 percent cited food-safety concerns; 54 percent cited animal welfare; 25 percent cited weight loss; and 24 percent weight maintenance.

“The vegetarian sector is one of the fastest-growing categories in food publishing,” says Elizabeth Turner, Vegetarian Times’ editor in chief. “It’s a dedicated group of consumers that is growing daily.”

“A vast number of people are seeking to reduce their meat intake, creating a rapidly growing market for all things vegetarian,” says Bill Harper, vice president and publisher of Vegetarian Times. That trend is reflected in the growth of the magazine, which saw July through December 2007 newsstand sales increase 19.4 percent over the same period in 2006.

About Vegetarian Times:
For over 30 years, Vegetarian Times has been at the forefront of the healthful-living movement, providing recipes, expert wellness information, and environmentally sound lifestyle solutions to vegetarians, vegans, and non-vegetarians alike.

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I've been vegetarian for a about 2 years, since age 15, and I've been vegan for 6 months. To the people that think it's alright to consume organic or family farm-raised eggs/milk, even if it's your farm-it's still un-natural and not healthy whatsoever. eggs and milk have been linked to several diseases and cancers, especially heart problems. raising them yourself might make you feel less guilty but it doesn't take away from all the yuck you're consuming. and for all the non-veg, dis-believers, that have their minds so brain-washed and stuck in the sand by media and the animal industries advertising- for all the people that told me i'm so unhealthy and to all those that had the nerve to tell me NOT eating other animal's product's meant for THEIR offspring is unnatural, you're wrong, and you'll probably die a premature cancer, disease/ animal product related death anyway.

Tori - 2014-04-14 14:01:21

I don't understand why a report like this would use the US population as 220 million. Even in 2008, it was well over 300 million, putting all of the percentages off by wild margins of error, for instance, 7 million vegetarians is 2 percent, not three. Perhaps one of the negative aspects of Vegetarianism is an inability to do Math.

Andrew - 2014-03-25 14:21:42

Hey! I am a vegetarian, studying in Paris, and i am writing a thesis on being vegan in the USA. Trying to become vegan, i started to look for meat substitutes, but they all have chemical taste in my opinion. I would like to know if you feel the same in the United States. Is it hard to find some products or to skip egg or milk in everyday life? If you're interested, i would be glad if you could fulfill the survey i prepared on this website : Thank you very much! Any help or comment is more than welcomed! :)

Anne-Sophie - 2014-03-22 15:53:35

I am raised as a vegetarian. I don't know why people say that vegetarian diet lacks important nutrients. We'll I will say I am the fittest one and in my whole life I never got sick or anything. I love being vegetarian and now trying to go vegan. I have many homemade vegetarian Indian recipes. Any vegetarian can add me on Facebook.. My name is Shivalika Bhambhani from myrtle beach, USA

Shivalika - 2014-03-02 05:22:25

Hi I live in Texas and is very easy to find vegetarian based meals I normally eat at Panda Express or a side salad from McDonalds or wherever I can find one so yeah think about that.

Corey - 2014-03-01 12:47:50

What states(cities) are good for vegetarians to live in? I imagine that Texas would not be one of them.

John - 2014-02-27 00:24:20

Wondering about the reasoning statistics.... "Environmental concerns were cited by 47 percent ; 39 percent cited “ natural approaches to wellness” ; 31 percent cited food-safety concerns; 54 percent cited animal welfare; 25 percent cited weight loss; and 24 percent weight maintenance." Doing the math, those percentages add up to 220%...... Just wondering how that works?

Jessica - 2014-01-29 18:50:50

I'm 13 and have been a vegatarian for almost 5 years! My one friend has been one for 3, another friend for 4, and another friend who's 15 for about 7 years!!

Laura - 2014-01-25 01:46:55

I think it is a good article

Ariyan - 2014-01-15 11:20:31

Vegetarianism and Veganism may be on the rise, but the article below suggests that it's a phase that fades away for many.

Jason Kushner - 2013-12-07 20:27:13

I eat meat less than once a month, and only when organic (the animal was raised properly with good food and exercise.) I do understand the love of animals, following Genesis 1: 29-30 that some eat herbs replacing meat, and Kosher limits from Jews. All vegetarians, vegans, and Jews have good respectable reasons.

Marvin Zinn - 2013-11-23 15:35:49

I personally enjoy eating meat but I support your choice not to.

Biff - 2013-10-31 19:41:19

Vegetarians are cool

Carissa - 2013-10-11 17:44:01

Where can I get the actual study write-up, instead of the short summary in this article? I'd like more info on methodology, etc.

Grace - 2013-09-29 09:35:33