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How does the average American spend their weekend?

  • How does the average American spend their weekend?

    For most, Mondays are usually filled with one or more, “How was your weekend?” questions, which are generally answered with a generic response, such as, “Great, thanks!” or “Good, and yours?” It’s unlikely that many stop to assess how their Saturdays and Sundays measure up to the weekends of other Americans—especially not with a methodical, time-conscious breakdown.

    Studies show many Americans let their weekends get away from them, as a recent poll by Monster found that 76% of respondents suffer from the “Sunday night blues,” or a depression resulting from the imminence of the impending workweek. A more meticulously planned weekend may just help quell that end-of-weekend sadness. 

    Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker put together a list of the 40 activities that occupy the most time during the average American’s weekend. It is important to note that the ranking is based upon the average American’s weekend, which takes into account both those who engage in the activity and those who do not. In the event that two activities occupy the same amount of time on average, the activity that takes more time out of the weekends of those actually engaging in it was ranked higher.

    Read on to see how your typical weekend compares to that of the average American.

    Click here to see where the richest Americans go to vacation within the U.S.

  • #40. Attending sporting or recreational events

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.08
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 1.5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 5.86

     

  • #39. Health-related self care

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.1
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.2

     

  • #38. Professional and personal care services

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.1
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 3.9%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.32

     

  • #37. Travel related to household activities

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 9.8%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.14

     

  • #36. Caring for and helping nonhousehold children

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 4.1%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 2.8

     

  • #35. Vehicles

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 3.6%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 3.34

     

  • #34. Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.12
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 3%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 4.14

     

  • #33. Travel related to organizational, civic, and religious activities

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.14
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 14.5%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 0.96

     

  • #32. Travel related to caring for and helping nonhousehold members

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.14
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 9.7%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.36

     

  • #31. Caring for and helping nonhousehold adults

    Average weekend hours (population): 0.16
    Percentage of population that engages in activity: 8.8%
    Average weekend hours (participants): 1.78

     

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