How Well Do You Know Stats About Americans?

By: Isadora Teich
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
How Well Do You Know Stats About Americans?
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About This Quiz

There are over 300 million Americans, each one unique and with different passions, interests, work ethics and style. But for most, the average American is also uniquely American. Don't believe us? Well, take a trip to any vacation hotspot in the world and chances are you can pick out the Americans easier than any other nationality. They have a certain swagger, a certain confidence that is undeniably ethnocentric. 

Despite their knowledge of the world, Americans tend to be a bit more territorial than you would have thought. In fact, do you know where most Americans live? Could it be the state they were born in? Or, is it another state they moved to and decided never to leave? Do you know the average height of an American woman or American man? 

Money is a big indication of an American. How it is spent, how it is earned and of course, how much is earned. Would you have any idea how much money the average American spends in one day? Or, how much money does the average 18-24-year-old earn in a year? 

From money and movement to lifestyle, political beliefs and worldly knowledge, this quiz will dig into the core of what you think an American is. Are you up for the challenge? Take this quiz to see how much you really know!


Does the average American trust Congress?
Yes
No
Over half of Americans doubt the honesty, integrity and ethical standards of Congress. Nearly 60 percent of Americans don't trust them.

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The average American household owns how many cars?
None
1
2
The average American household owns two cars. The average American is also a homeowner.
4

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How many children is the average American woman statistically expected to have?
0
1
About 2
Statistically, the average American woman is expected to have 1.9 children. Back in 1960, the average American woman was expected to have 3.7 children.
3 or more

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What is the average height of American women?
5 feet 11 inches
4 feet 9 inches
5 feet 4 inches
The average American woman is about 5 feet 4 inches tall. The tallest women, on average, come from The Netherlands.
5 feet 1 inches

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What is the average height of American men?
5 feet 9.5 inches
The average height of an American man is 5 feet 9.5 inches. On average, the Netherlands has the tallest men on earth and Indonesia has the shortest.
6 feet
5 feet 1inches
6 feet 2 inches

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What does the average single person make a year in America?
$34,940
The average American who filed taxes as a single person made $34,940 in 2014. American income averages vary widely based on location and other factors.
$100,913
$25,000
$70,000

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At what age does the average American man get married?
20
29
The average American man marries at 29. In 1990 the average marrying age for American men was 23 years old.
34
40

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When it comes to health care, the average American feels that the government should spend:
More
The average American wants the government to spend more on healthcare. 60 percent of Americans feel this way.
Less
Nothing
The current amount

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Does the average American believe in God?
Yes
The average American does believe in God without a doubt. 59 percent of Americans believe in God.
No

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How much TV does the average American watch per day?
30 minutes
1 hour
About 3 hours
The average American watches about 3 hours of TV per day. The exact number is 2 hours and 49 minutes.
6 hours

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How much money does the average American spend in a day?
$30
$69
The average American spends $69 a day. They also make $735 a week.
$150
$300

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Does the average American believe in astrology?
Yes
No
The average American does not take astrology seriously. Only about 15 percent of Americans believe in it overall.

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The average American is a:
Man
Woman
Women outnumber men in America slightly. 52 percent of Americans are women.
Teenager
Baby

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What is the average weight of American men?
250 pounds
120 pounds
195.5 pounds
The average American man weighs 195 pounds. He has a waist circumference of 39.7.
275 pounds

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Does the average American recycle?
Yes
The average American recycles regularly. 64 percent of Americans say that they recycle either always or often.
No

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About how much does the average person, ages 15 to 24, earn in America?
$16,000
According to a 2016 Census Bureau population survey, young people in this age range earned about $16,000 that year. This is the lowest of people in any age range.
$20,000
$10,000
$25,000

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How many prescription drugs does the average American take?
At least one
The average American is on one prescription drug regularly. They also go to the doctor at least twice a year.
Two
Five or more
None

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The average American thinks the government should spend more on:
Education
The average American wants more from the government when it comes to education funding. The majority of Americans, nearly three-quarters, believe this.
War
Public Housing
Defense

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The average American was born where?
In the city they live in
In the state they live in
The average American currently lives and works in the same state where they were born. Over half of all Americans live in the state where they were born.
In another country
In another state

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What does the average American woman weigh?
100 pounds
200 pounds
166.2 pounds
The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds. She has a waist circumference of 37.5 inches.
115 pounds

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The average American has which of these?
A cell phone
The average American has a cell phone. According to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center, nearly 90 percent of Americans have cell phones.
A smartphone
A pager
A beeper

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How politically savvy is the average American?
Incredibly
Pretty savvy
Somewhat savvy
Not very savvy
The average American is not incredibly politically aware. Roughly 6 out of 10 Americans don't know which political party controls the House of Representatives.

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About how much does the average 35-39 year old earn in America?
$25,000
$33,000
$55,000
According to a 2016 Census Bureau population survey, working people in this age range earned about $55,000 a year. These are amongst the highest earners of any age range.
$70,000

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Does the average American accept evolution as a scientific fact?
Yes
The average American understands and agrees with evolution. Since 1999, the number of Americans who believe that God did not have a hand in the evolution of man has doubled.
No

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At what age does the average American woman get married?
18
21
27
The average American woman gets married at age 27. This is a historic high and has made a large jump from age 23 in 1990.
34

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About how many words does the average American high school graduate know?
5,000
15,000
The average American high school graduate has a vocabulary of about 15,000 words. An American college graduate knows double that amount of words.
30,000
40,000

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The average American thinks that the death penalty is:
Necessary
The average American is in support of the death penalty. Over two-thirds of Americans overall are pro-death penalty.
Immoral
Only for use in certain cases
Blasphemous

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The average American thinks global warming is:
Fake
Possibly true
Already effecting them
According to a Gallup poll, the average American believes that global warming will either soon cause problems or is already causing them. Over half of Americans think this.
Not a problem

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How many days of work does the average American miss in a year?
1
5
The average American is sick in bed seven days a year. They miss five days of work.
9
13

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About how much debt is the average American in?
$20,000
$50,000
$75,000
The average American was $75,600 in debt as of 2011. This number includes the mortgage.
$110,000

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The average American from which region has the highest blood pressure?
The Northeast
The South
The average American Southerner has higher blood pressure than the average American in other regions of the country. This includes Northerners and Westerners.
The Midwest
The West Coast

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How stock savvy is the average American?
Incredibly
Somewhat
Not very
Not at all
The average American does not directly own stock in any company. Less than 20 percent of American households own any stock directly.

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The average American lives where?
The suburbs
A metropolitan area
The average American lives in one of the 50 major metropolitan areas. This includes the areas around large cities such as New York City and Los Angeles.
A small town
Rural america

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The average American's parents were born where?
In the city they live in
In the state they live in
In another country
In America
Over three-quarters of all Americans have natural-born U.S. citizens for parents. While the average American also has four natural-born U.S. citizens for grandparents, statistically this only covers 59 percent of Americans.

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How secure does the average American feel about being able to maintain their standard of living?
Incredibly
Fairly secure
Not very secure
Not secure
The average American does not feel secure about being able to maintain their standard of living. 58 percent of all Americans are worried about this.

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