45 Skateboarding Stats You Need To Know

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Nowadays skateboard is a very popular sport among teenagers. Being a popular and extreme sport, skateboarding often earns its place in the news for local events and unfortunate skateboarder injuries. As skateboarding is getting more and more popular, we thought why not make a list of skateboard stats which will give you the information at a glance.

These stats for skateboards will illustrate its potential, future revenue and injuries-harm it occurred in past. So let’s jump into it and have a look at the list.

List of Top 45 Skateboarding Stats

  • Skateboarding was invented in the late 1940s.
  • The net worth of skateboarding is $4.8 billion dollar in the market today.
  • About 11 million people self-report that they enjoy skateboarding on a regular basis.
  • 77%. That’s the percentage of skateboarders that prefer to shop with small specialty brands rather than the top brand names that are on the market.
  • Since 2007, skateboarding sales have dropped by 2% every year.
  • Skateboarders are also getting older. In 2006, 71% of the group were in the 12-17 age demographic. Today only 45% is 12-17.
  • The only youth demographic that is growing in the skateboarding market is the 9 and under group and that’s only because they have a greater overall population base.
  • Only 3.1% of skateboard sales occur in sporting goods stores.
  • Skate hardgoods sales fell 10% in 2008 and were down 23 percent in Jan/Feb 2009 combined, yet only 40% of
  • Skateboarders actually wear the appropriate gear when they ride.
  • The cost of an average pair of skateboarding shoes: $50-$100.
  • The most common place to ride a skateboard outside of a park: the driveway. It may cost up to $500 to have a professionally designed ramp installed.
  • A skate shop owner operating a store that sold $475,000 worth of goods might only net about $30,000 in profit.
  • A store with an Internet presence instead of a physical retail store space might earn $100,000 per year or more in profit with comparable sales.
  • There are 16-million skateboarders in the U.S., and more than twenty-million internationally (including the U.S.).
  • In 2006, more than 10 million people in the United States said that they were skateboarders. That number has declined every single year except in 2012 when more than 1 million were added to the ranks over the year before.
  • The United States accounts for more than 50% of the total skateboarding market.
  • According to BJS statistics, the skateboarding industry looks to stay on par with industry growth and job creation through 2020
  • 500. That’s the total number of skateboarding parks that exist in the United States right now.
  • Despite its downward trends, skateboarding is still ranked as a Top 10 global sport.
  • A professional skateboard, similar to ones you see on TV and in professional tournaments, can run around $100 to $250.
  • For beginners, a skateboard can be purchased for as little as $20. Mid-range skateboards may be as cheap as $40 for those who want to begin practicing tricks.
  • A skateboard that includes no graphics can run $50 to $110. Adding graphics to an existing skateboard can cost $1 to $10 per decal.
  • In 2009 there were 9,281,500 skateboarders in the United States.
  • In 2010 there were 308,747,508 people in the United States.
  • In 2010, 73,173,159 people in the U.S. were under 18 years old.
  • A vast majority of skateboarders are also under 18 years old.
  • 73-million young people in the US, 6-million of them are skaters.
  • 8.6% of American youth have ridden a skateboard in the last year.”
  • 20% of those that have “stepped on” a skateboard in the last year actually skate regularly and actively build their skateboarding skills. These are the core skaters.
  • 3,150,000 American youth (or 1.7% of all youth) are core skaters that would benefit from access to a skatepark today.
  • Core skaters are defined as having skated 52+ times per year (once a week, on average).
  • In 2009, the core represented 27.8% of all skateboarding, whereas in 2010 it was 45.2%.
  • Over 40% of skateboarders ride both long-boards and “trick” boards.
  • Of all skaters, 77.1% are male, whereas 83.4% of core skaters are male.
  • 23.9% of all skaters are female, while 16.6% of all core skaters are female.
  • Skateboarders are, on average, 14-year-old males
  • In 2015, 125,145 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured skateboarding.
  • More than half injured in 2015 were ages 14 to 24, and about one-third were between the ages of 5 and 14, according to Injury Facts 2017
  • The core skater, or someone who skates 26 times or more per year, has dipped, while the casual skater (1-25 times per year) has continued to climb since 2011.
  • The average age of skateboarders is between 13 and 14 and they participate in the sport on average 50.8 days in the year. 90% of them are male and 60% are under 15.
  • Sprains, fractures, contusions, and abrasions are the most common form of injury. 74% of injuries were to the extremities. Among these broken wrists (19%), ankles (11%), face (16%) and long bone fractures are the most common injuries.
  • Head injuries accounted for around 20% of all injuries
  • Serious injuries, concussion, blunt trauma, skull fracture or closed head injuries represented 3.1% of all injuries to skateboarders.
  • Head injuries account for a much higher proportion of injuries for skaters under 10.

All stats are sourced from Brandongaille, PublicSkateParkGuide, NSC, Grindtv, and Rospa.

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