Americans Using Twitter Stats: Growth Driven by Young

A couple of months ago we gave you some news on Americans and Facebook and how for the first time more Americans over the age of 12 are now Facebook users than not. Now we have news of Americans and Twitter and Twitter has also seen a growth rate of users, up 5% over the last 6 months, although it’s not quite hit the heights of Facebook yet.

According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, brought to us from Lauren Indvik over on Mashable, 13% of online Americans are now Twitter users, with men slightly higher in numbers than women. Younger users are driving the growth of Twitter. If you look at the chart below you can see that 18% of Internet users between the ages of 18 and 29 are Twitter users while 14% of Twitter users come from the 30 to 49 age group, 8% from 50 to 64’s and 6% from aged 65 and over. The study looked at 2,277 Twitter users in April and May.

Some interesting statistics are shown when looking at Twitter users’ race and ethnicity, as it appears that more African-Americans (25%) use Twitter than Hispanics (19%), while the figure for Whites is only 9%. Other categories looked at include household income, education level and geographic location. Household income for example, does not seem to make much difference to whether people are Twitter users as it varies between 12 and 15% across all income levels.

It’s a fascinating look at Twitter use among Americans today and no doubt the figures will have risen again next time a study of this kind is undertaken. Are you surprised at any of the statistics from the study? Let us know with your comments.