Bureau of Labor Statistics

Activities of high school students by age

January 02, 2009

Fifty-one percent of high school students ages 17 to 19 drove on an average day in 2003-07, compared with 25 percent of students ages 15 to 16.

Percent of high school students of different ages who did various activities on an average day, 2003-07
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Older high school students were more likely to work, shop, and do volunteer activities on an average day than were younger high school students.

Regardless of age, high school students who volunteered spent slightly more than 2 hours doing so, and those who shopped did so for about 1 hour.

These data are from the American Time Use Survey. Estimates are for September through May, 2003–07. Estimates are averages of all days of the week for high school students ages 15 to 19. To learn more, see How high school students use time: a visual essay, by Mary Dorinda Allard, Monthly Labor Review, November 2008.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Activities of high school students by age at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/dec/wk5/art04.htm (visited January 21, 2022).


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