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2011 Vegetarian and Vegan Stats

The following article was written by Ashley Palmer, with graphics created by Nare Ovsepian.

The results are in for the Vegetarian Resource Group’s poll of the number of vegetarians in the United States. The results are promising, with approximately 5 percent of poll respondents saying that they never eat meat, including fish, seafood, or poultry. Even better? About half of these vegetarians are also vegan!

If you’re having a hard time picturing what 2.5 percent of the U.S. looks like, there are almost as many vegans as there are people in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the country.

If you’re still having trouble imagining what 2.5 percent looks like, this should clear up all confusion:

That’s right folks, the vegetarian and vegan community is gaining steam—and we’re a growing force to be reckoned with! If you haven’t done so already, join us in the fight to end animal abuse by browsing our database of hundreds of cruelty-free recipes and then pledging to be vegan.

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  • Florian Bador says:

    I am a vegan athlete and I clearly see a huge increase of the number of vegans around me these last months, especially in the fitness world. I estimate it a lot higher than this graph!
    I believe the next statistics will be impressive :)

  • Leerun01 says:

    peta has my support

  • tin says:

    good girls and boys… i want to be vegan, i´m on my way there.

  • Lora-vegan: greenwood indiana says:

    I am so happy that more and more converts are adopting the “vegan” philosophy and lifestyle. It is a life filled with happiness for our minds and bodies. We celebrate the lives of all God’s creatures on earth and strive to protect and help them with our life mission. And, we prove that our bodies matter-nourishment is what we eat to live and we not lead lives that live to EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT…no regard to WHAT gets killed or what gets in our digestive tracts and gets us sick. Thanks to all the VEGANS out there! I love you All!!! Lora Proctor (animal lover/protector forever)

  • Matthew Nutt says:

    Hello all, I’ve read this artical and read the comments and I believe that the most of you are rediculous.
    I have been a vegetarian since I was 5 due to my own decisions, I am now 19 and still a vegetarian.
    I do not consider myself to be better or different to anyone that eats meat and thats what i find rediculous about you lot, how would you feel if the meat eating population constantly preached to you lot about how they are better than you or what ever.
    I agree that eating meat isn’t right but this isn’t a cult so don’t make it look like one.

  • Veganmna says:

    Stay away from eating animals! Have some discipline, eat only whole, raw foods!

  • bmceglia says:

    SWEET! to everyone out there, you should be proud (as I am) that the community is growing :)

  • WinterT says:

    Awesome! I agree Monica, thank you everyone who are vegans or vegetarians. Supposely in the 2012 it’s not that literally the world is coming to an end, but a change of conscious is coming. People will awaken and with that I hope the arise of many vegans and vegetarians to come. I have the faith the vegan community will grow big in numbers, in fact I notice it in my local supermarket where the vegan food (such as Tofurky) is being bought out quick whereas when I go I am lucky to get the last one or two for example.

  • Monica says:

    Thanks to every single vegan animal advocate out there who keeps on offering information no matter how unwelcome. I love you all!!!!

  • Breanna says:

    2.5%!!!! WhoooHooo!!!! I thought it was lower. Keep it up people!

  • breexD says:

    lets keep it up guys the numbers will increase

  • Samantha Larsen says:

    Yay!! Im in the 2.5 and growing !!

  • dee says:

    WE ARE THE 2.5%!

  • Jayla says:

    I hope I’m apart of that 2.5% I’ve been a vegan for a year now! I’m so glad to see that the veg*n population is growing!!! :)

  • vegetarian says:

    I am on the 2.5% category! Have been a vegan for more than 11 years now!

  • Ashley-P says:

    Megan: These stats were sent in a press release from Vegetarian Resource Group. I’d imagine their site will be update soon! :)

  • Megan Rascal says:

    Do you have a link to the survey results? I went to the Vegetarian Resource Group’s site but only found a poll for 2009 and earlier. The 2009 results said .8% are vegan. I’d love to see these poll results.

  • Scott M. says:

    Very nice post on the stats.

  • jamesmax01 says:

    I got told that early 25% were vegetarian.

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