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America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014

Behavior Figures

Indicator Beh1.A: Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 voting in presidential election years, 1972–2012
Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 voting in presidential election years, 1972–2012

Indicator Beh1.B: Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 voting in congressional election years, 1974–2010
Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 voting in congressional election years, 1974–2010

NOTE: For data before 2003, the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for data on race and ethnicity were used to classify persons into racial groups. The revised 1997 OMB standards were used for data from 2003 and later years. Data from 2003 onward are not directly comparable with data from earlier years. Data on race and Hispanic origin are collected separately. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Voting and Registration Supplement.

Indicator Beh2.A: Average hours per day young adults ages 18–24 spent in various activities by gender, 2012
Average hours per day young adults ages 18–24 spent in various activities by gender, 2012

NOTE: All activities include related travel. "Other activities" includes activities such as organizational, civic, and religious activities; shopping; and telephone calls. Averages were calculated using data for all 7 days of the week and all months of the year. These data refer to the civilian non-institutionalized population.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey.

Indicator Beh2.B: Average hours young adults ages 18–24 spent in leisure activities and sports on an average day by gender, 2012
Average hours young adults ages 18–24 spent in leisure activities and sports on an average day by gender, 2012

NOTE: "Other leisure" includes travel related to leisure as well as activities such as hobbies, listening to music, arts and entertainment, and attending sporting and recreational events. Averages were calculated using data for all 7 days of the week. These data refer to the civilian non-institutionalized population.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey.

Indicator Beh3: Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 who participated in both leisure-time aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activities meeting the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by race and Hispanic origin, selected years 2005–2006 to 2011–2012
Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 who participated in both leisure-time aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activities meeting the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by race and Hispanic origin, selected years 2005–2006 to 2011–2012

NOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend for substantial health benefits, adults should do: (1) at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination; and (2) muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups two or more days a week (http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter4.aspx). The revised 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for data on race and ethnicity were used to classify persons into racial groups. Data on race and Hispanic origin are collected separately. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.

Indicator Beh4: Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 who currently smoke cigarettes by gender, selected years 1983–2012
Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 who currently smoke cigarettes by gender, selected years 1983–2012

NOTE: From 1983–1992, current smoking was defined as ever smoking 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and smoking now (traditional definition). Starting with 1993 current cigarette smoking was defined as ever smoking 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and smoking now every day or some days (revised definition). In 1992 half of the sample received the traditional smoking questions and half received the revised questions. For more methodology information, see http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/tobacco.htm.

SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.

Indicator Beh5: Contraceptive use among young adult women ages 18–24 who are at risk for unintended pregnancy, 2002 and 2006–2010
Contraceptive use among young adult women ages 18–24 who are at risk for unintended pregnancy, 2002 and 2006–2010

NOTE: Current contraception refers to the method used in the month of the interview. Other hormonal use includes use of contraceptive implants, injectables, patches, and rings. Dual use refers to concurrent use of a hormonal method and condoms. Women are at risk of unintended pregnancy if they are either currently using contraception or have had intercourse in the last three months among those who were not currently pregnant, postpartum, trying to get pregnant, or sterile for non-contraceptive reasons. Contraceptive methods shown in the figure are not mutually exclusive.

SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Survey of Family Growth.