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Survey Reveals Libraries Are Still Relevant in Today’s Digital Age, Outpacing Movies

A recent Gallup poll revealed that trips to the library are the most common cultural activity in the United States by far, with an average of 10.5 trips yearly. This is almost double the number of movies (5.3), live sporting (4.7), music or theatrical events (3.8), visits to national or historic parks (3.7) , museums (2.5), gambling casinos (2.5), trips to amusement or theme parks (1.5), and zoos (0.9) that Americans visited in 2019. Libraries are enduring in the digital age, with most Americans visiting them almost monthly.

Other significant Gallup poll findings on how Americans use their time include:

  • Women (13.4) visit libraries almost twice as frequently as men (7.5). Men are more likely to attend live sporting events, visit casinos, and national or historical parks. In addition, U.S. adults 18 to 29 years of age visit the library more than older adults.
  • The highest rates of cultural activities overall were performed by people from 30 to 49 years of age.
  • Americans from higher-income households do the most activities, especially ones with high ticket prices such as live sporting events, music or theatrical events, museums, or going to the movies. People from lower-income families go to the library more and are more likely to visit gambling casinos.  
  • Americans with children under the age of 18 were more likely to go to the movies and attend live sporting events than adults without children. Adults with no children were more likely to attend live theatrical or musical events than those with children.
  • Americans who live in the East are more likely to visit museums, while those who live in the West have the highest visits to national and historic parks and gambling casinos.

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