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
Male 222 78%
Female 49 17%
Female, Transgender 1 ~0%
Nonbinary/nonconforming 10 4%
Transgender, Nonbinary/nonconforming 1 ~0%

2011 Data
Male 146 78%
Female 41 22%


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
Teenage 22 8%
20s 72 25%
30s 67 24%
40s 40 14%
50s 41 14%
60s 35 12%
70s 6 2%

2011 Data
Younger than 20 19 1%
20s 54 10%
30s 31 29%
40s 36 17%
50s 33 19%
60s 12 18%
70s 1 6%


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
Asia 3 1%
Australia 11 4%
Europe 20 7%
North America 249 88%

2011 Data
Australia 11 6%
Europe 12 6%
North America 162 87%

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 area 127 45%
city, but not a “major” one 69 24%
suburb or exurb 63 22%
rural or remote area 24 8%

2011 Data
major city or metropolitan area 93 50%
suburban area 66 35%
rural or remote area 23 12%
other 5 3%

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 diploma 8 3%
High school diploma or equivalent 6 2%
Some college 33 12%
Bachelors degree 70 25%
Some graduate school 18 6%
Masters degree 103 37%
Doctorate 38 13%
Other degree type or comparable certification 6 2%

2011 Data
High school diploma or equivalent 8 4%
Some college 28 15%
Bachelors degree 59 32%
Some graduate school 16 9%
Masters degree 53 28%
Doctorate 16 9%
Other degree type or comparable certification 6 3%

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

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