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HRC Research Primer: How Many Vegetarians Are There?

 


LAST UPDATED: JULY 2010

This primer summarizes the latest quantitative research relating to the size of the vegetarian and vegan (veg*n) populations in the United States.

The Bottom Line: A small proportion of U.S. adults (1-3% of the population, or 2-6 million adults) are “actual” veg*ns, though about twice that number (4-6%) consider themselves vegetarian when asked by researchers. The number of veg*n youths seems comparable to adults (2-3%, or 1-1.5 million children), but research on vegetarian children age 18 and under is currently very limited.

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