Woodwind Doubler Census 2021 results, part 1: demographics

Thanks to all who participated in my 2021 woodwind doubling survey, and to those who helped spread the word. I’m releasing the results in installments, so be sure to use my social media links, RSS feeds, etc. to keep up.

I got 284 responses, an improvement over 2011’s 187. The numbers for each of these questions don’t necessarily add up to exactly that number, since not everybody responded to every question.

Gender identity

I provided more options for gender identity than in 2011’s survey. Here’s the breakdown. (Percentages are of those who answered the question.)

2021 Data
Male22278%
Female4917%
Female, Transgender1~0%
Nonbinary/nonconforming104%
Transgender, Nonbinary/nonconforming1~0%
2011 Data
Male14678%
Female4122%

Age

As was the case 10 years ago, the numbers skew toward the younger end. I’m not sure if this is affected by the survey being distributed primarily online. No respondents claimed to be younger than teenaged or older than in their 70s.

2021 Data
Teenage228%
20s7225%
30s6724%
40s4014%
50s4114%
60s3512%
70s62%
2011 Data
Younger than 20191%
20s5410%
30s3129%
40s3617%
50s3319%
60s1218%
70s16%

Region

I provided options for this that broke down by continent. A few of you island dwellers responded with “other” and specified locations in Oceania and the Caribbean. I probably need to rethink this question for 2031, but for purposes of data reporting I have lumped everyone together into continents for now.

The continued absence of responses from Africa and South America may be related to language barriers and/or other factors. I did get a few responses from Asia this year, which I didn’t in 2011.

2021 Data
Asia31%
Australia114%
Europe207%
North America24988%
2011 Data
Australia116%
Europe126%
North America16287%

Which of these best describes where you live?

The “city, but not a ‘major’ one” option was added based on feedback from the 2011 survey. A few of you used the “other” option to explain more complicated living situations (such as multiple locations), and for reporting purposes I’ve taken the liberty of lumping those into the categories I thought were the closest match.

2021 Data
major city or metropolitan area12745%
city, but not a “major” one6924%
suburb or exurb6322%
rural or remote area248%
2011 Data
major city or metropolitan area9350%
suburban area6635%
rural or remote area2312%
other53%

Describe your current level of formal education (in any field).

“Less than high school diploma” is a new option this yea. The categories in the graph are abbreviated; the full text from the survey is in the data table.

2021 dATA
Less than high school diploma83%
High school diploma or equivalent62%
Some college3312%
Bachelors degree7025%
Some graduate school186%
Masters degree10337%
Doctorate3813%
Other degree type or comparable certification62%
2011 Data
High school diploma or equivalent84%
Some college2815%
Bachelors degree5932%
Some graduate school169%
Masters degree5328%
Doctorate169%
Other degree type or comparable certification63%

Thanks again for your participation and stay tuned for more survey results.

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