Skip to main content

Table 6 Profile of Dog Owners in the United States: 2008–2018

From: The changing epidemiology of dog bite injuries in the United States, 2005–2018

Characteristic Year Percent Change
2008 2018
Age Group
 18–34 23.2% 24.1% + 0.9
 35–54 45.1% 39.3% −5.8
 55–74 26.1% 31.5% + 5.4
 75 and over 5.6% 5.1% −0.5
 Total % 100.0% 100.0%  
Race-Ethnicity
 White non-Hispanic 81.4% 75.5% −5.9
 Black non-Hispanic 4.9% 4.6% −0.3
 Asian non-Hispanic 2.1% 2.3% + 0.2
 Hispanic 9.5% 15.1% + 5.6
 Total % 100.0% 100.0%  
Location
 Top 25 Metro Areas 42.3% 45.8% + 3.5
 Top 26–100 Metro Areas 40.9% 42.8% + 1.9
 Not Top 100 Metro Areas 16.8% 11.4% −5.4
Total % 100.0% 100.0%  
 Education
 Non High School Graduate 12.5% 5.9% −6.6
 High School Graduate Only 28.7% 28.7% 0.0
 Undergraduate College Degree Only 16.7% 20.7% + 4.0
 Graduate Degree 7.3% 9.4% + 2.1
 Total % 100.0% 100.0%  
Age of children in household
 Under 6 14.0 12.8 −1.2
 6 to11 17.0 13.7 −3.3
 12 to 17 15.8 12.8 −3.0
 Total Number of Dog Owner
Households (000 s)
42,010 46,962 + 4952
\