Household Activities

Household activities are those done by persons to maintain their households. These include housework; cooking; yard care; pet care; vehicle maintenance and repair; home maintenance, repair, decoration, and renovation; and household management and organizational activities (such as filling out paperwork, balancing a checkbook, or planning a party). For a more detailed description of this activity category, see the ATUS 2012 Technical Note.

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Household activities on weekdays and weekend days in 2012

Time spent in household activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in household activities, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2012 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Weekdays Weekends and holidays (2) Weekdays Weekends and holidays (2) Weekdays Weekends and holidays (2)

Total, household activities

1.59 2.08 73.0 75.3 2.19 2.77

Housework

.54 .74 33.4 37.5 1.62 1.96

Food preparation and cleanup

.51 .56 53.4 50.5 .96 1.11

Lawn and garden care

.16 .23 9.5 10.5 1.71 2.19

Household management

.12 .15 16.2 16.5 .72 .91

Interior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.04 .09 2.0 3.6 2.06 2.60

Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.05 .07 2.3 3.0 2.09 2.36

Animals and pets

.10 .10 15.8 13.6 .61 .76

Vehicles

.02 .06 1.6 2.9 1.53 2.17

Appliances, tools, and toys

.01 .01 1.3 1.3 1.02 1.15

Travel related to household activities

.04 .06 8.0 8.9 .47 .62

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to household activities done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
(2) Holidays are New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. In 2012, data were not collected about New Year's Day.
NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-2: Time spent in detailed primary activities, and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex on weekdays and weekends, 2012 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2012 Technical Note.

Household activities done by men and women in 2012

Time spent in household activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in household activities, averages per day by sex, 2012 annual averages
Activity Average hours per day, civilian population Average percent engaged in the activity per day Average hours per day for persons who engaged in the activity
Total Men Women Total Men Women Total Men Women

Total, household activities

1.74 1.29 2.17 73.7 64.5 82.3 2.36 1.99 2.63

Housework

.60 .28 .90 34.6 19.8 48.4 1.73 1.40 1.86

Food preparation and cleanup

.53 .28 .75 52.5 39.2 64.9 1.00 .72 1.16

Lawn and garden care

.18 .25 .12 9.8 11.7 8.0 1.87 2.11 1.53

Household management

.13 .10 .15 16.3 13.6 18.8 .78 .77 .79

Interior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.06 .07 .04 2.5 3.1 1.9 2.29 2.32 2.25

Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.06 .09 .03 2.5 3.5 1.6 2.19 2.46 1.65

Animals and pets

.10 .09 .11 15.1 13.1 17.0 .65 .65 .65

Vehicles

.04 .07 .01 2.0 3.3 .7 1.81 2.02 .92

Appliances, tools, and toys

.01 .02 .01 1.3 1.8 .8 1.05 1.13 .89

Travel related to household activities

.04 .04 .05 8.3 7.5 9.0 .52 .53 .51

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to household activities done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
NOTE:Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

These and other detailed activity estimates are also available in:

Table A-1. Time spent in detailed primary activities and percent of the civilian population engaging in each detailed primary activity category, averages per day by sex, 2012 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2012 Technical Note.

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Last Modified Date: June 20, 2013