Stoic Week 2015 Demographics Report

Stoic  Week 2015 Demographics Report 

by Tim LeBon

Thank you all for completing the preliminary questionnaires. We had a massive 2503 valid completed questionnaires – an increase of about 66% over 2014.
In  a sentence: the  typical Stoic week follower is an American male aged between 26 and 35 who has never participated in Stoic week before and knows a bit about Stoicism (not a complete novice).
In more depth:

  • The ratio of males to females is 65% to 35%
  • There is an upside down U distribution of ages, with it peaking at 26-35 closed followed by 36-45
  • Over 41% of respondents are from USA, but in terms of per capita Canada is top (well done Donald!) and then the UK. There is scope for much more uptake in Asia, Africa and South America.
  • The majority of respondents have never participated in Stoic week before, about 22% have participated before
  • There is an upside-down U distribution of self-rated knowledge of Stoicism, with “know a bit about Stoicism” being most frequent.

Here are 5 tables summarising all the facts and figures.
Table 1: Stoic Week 2015 by gender




Male 1616 64.6
Female 868 34.7
didn’t say 19 0.8

Table 2: Stoic Week 2015 by age

Age Total %
over 55 416 16.6
46-55 446 17.8
36-45 565 22.6
26-35 618 24.7
18-25 406 16.2
Under 18 45 1.8
didn’t say 7 0.3

 Table 3: Stoic Week 2015 by geographic location

Location Total %
USA 1048 41.9
Australasia 126 5.0
Canada 398 15.9
Europe (outside UK)) 362 14.5
UK 412 16.5
Africa 18 0.7
Asia 56 2.2
South & Central America 34 1.4
Other 49 2.0

 Table 4: Stoic Week 2015 : Previous participation

Number of times participated in Stoic Weeks previously Total %
0 1941 77.5
1 402 16.1
2 111 4.4
3 43 1.7
Other 6 0.2

Table 5: Stoic Week 2015 : Self-rating of knowledge of Stoicism

Knowledge  of Stoicism Total %
None 328 13.1
Novice 788 31.5
I know  a bit 961 38.4
I know quite a bit but not an  expert 403 16.1
expert 23 0.9

An analysis of the relationship between Stoicism and well-being that can be gleaned from the preliminary questionnaires will be published next week.
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4 thoughts on Stoic Week 2015 Demographics Report

  1. Pamela Daw says:

    I didn’t officially participate this year as I am certainly not a novice. I wish I had though although I do live Stoicism daily as we certainly need to get more women involved! Thank you for all of the hard work in getting this organized every year!

  2. Leonie says:

    Interesting statistics, thank you for taking the time to share them.
    I did not officially participate in Stoic Week 2015 either. Unfortunately, I was a day too late to sign up, but I did fill out a questionnaire and have been listening to the podcasts and meditations everyday and reading articles on my own, and have received a wealth of meaningful information and knowledge just from this website alone. I am optimistic and grateful.

  3. Danielle Feerick says:

    What’s the age distribution for females? I’m guessing those of us that participate in stoic week skew older…

  4. There needs to be a Stoic week in Wasington, DC or New York City sometime or some other locale in the USA. Please consider this. I have contemplated coming to UK many times but I couldn’t make it unfortunately.

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