Demographics of a PaleoHacker?

by (850) Updated July 21, 2013 at 9:29 PM Created January 11, 2012 at 2:08 AM

I'm curious about the demographics of the paleo community. Is this information available? I'm interested in these types of demographics:

  • Age: Average age of a paleo person? Would it be good to see this number lowered significantly?
  • Gender: Are men more likely to be paleo? I was initially surprised at the number of ladies posting on this site and others, but I was probably biased.
  • Income: Eating paleo can be expensive, are paleo wealthier than average?
  • Location: Is paleo more popular in the urban/rural areas? Even though rural areas may have better access to fresh/raw foods? Western vs non-Western countries?
  • Political Views: I don't want to get into a political debate, just curious if we lean to the left or right.
  • Race: Are most people white? Is this more of a socioeconomic factor?
  • Religion: Atheist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim? I imagine the dietary restrictions of the last three may make paleo more difficult to follow.

Edit, I forgot to add my own details.

  • Age: 23
  • Gender: Male
  • Income: 60s, Computer Science grad
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Political Views: Libertarian
  • Race: Caucasian (mixed German, Irish, etc)
  • Religion: Non-religious

Another edit, Caveman Bob posted this link http://www.tfaforms.com/228736 if you are interested in taking a paleoish survey on government involvement in food.

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738 · January 11, 2012 at 3:26 AM
8497 · January 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Age............: 30.
Gender.........: Male.
Profession.....: Linux System Administrator (mostly Debian).
Location.......: London, UK.
Political Views: Exactly in the middle on the political compass test.
Race...........: Probably English, but who really knows?
Religion.......: Christian (Historical/Biblical/Augustinian/Reformed/Calvinist).
Hobbies........: Dancer.......: Flamenco, Argentine Tango. 
                 Skater.......: Roller-skate/jam-skate.
                 Reader.......: non-fiction/education as leisure. 
                 Cook.........: clean/simple/fresh/citrus.
                 Perfectionist: This list as example.
                 Workaholic...: Currently writing this from the office.

8777 · January 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

It would be cool if Patrik or someone could set up a survey style question in this regard. It doesn't help me much to scroll down the list of answers. Is that possible? Or any way to collate info from profiles?

11648 · January 11, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Age: 38
Gender: Female
Income: None, housewife
Location: Bay Area, CA, USA
Political Views: Socialist with Technocratic elements
Race: Caucasian (Greek)
Religion: Atheist

30 · April 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Age: Time is a trick invented by Swiss watchmakers (Ok, 44 yo)

Gender: Male (Love the ladies)

Income: 110s

Marital Status: Happily Married

Religion: Christian Scientist (love my faith)

Profession: Finance

Location: Boston, MA Suburbs

Political: Conservative (though always try to see things from the other perspective, too...I like some things about the Liberal/Democrat side, just do not outweigh the things I dislike).

Race: White (Spanish/Irish Ancestry)...though frankly: I've never seen a white person or a black person, some are more peachy colored, some are more chocolate colored, some are more tanned, but we are all the same beautiful type through and through.

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10361 · January 11, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Age: 21. I was done with alcohol when I was 20 but I still like to go out for a drink with friends once in a Blue Moon (see what I did there?).
Gender: Female last time I checked.
Income: Nonexistent. I'm a college student but I can still afford food through this magical little piece of plastic called a credit card.
Location: I've been having a love affair with Los Angeles for the last 18 years. Vitamin D supplementation? Wut iz dat?
Political views: Somewhat in the middle. Liberal on some things, conservative on others. But I hate politics so I tend to stay away from it.
Race: Filipino (Asian), with some Chinese and Portuguese. But I'm very detached from my roots, unfortunately. Never met another Filipino Paleo-er, although Filipinos do love coconuts and cooking food in pork fat. My grandfather was extremely fit (lived to be 92) and looked like Jon Hamm when he was younger.
Religion: Catholic. There are some things I don't agree with but I still go to church every Sunday like a good little girl *cough.*

130 · August 01, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Age: 21
Gender: Male
Income: -, Computer Science Student
Location: London UK
Political Views: Left Libertarian
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Non-religious

I also created some statistics based on age and gender from all the answers here. Wanted to do more based on race, Location, etc but would cost too much time. Here my findings though:


Pretty interesting. Quite some more women than men, wouldn't have thought that.

Gender + Age groups:


Most people are between 18 and 34, something I am not really surprised about.


Not the usual graph, but pretty useful. Shows the Minimum and Maximum Age (15 & 16 and 64 & 65 respectively), the Median (where green and red meets) and Quantile 1 and Quantile 3 (1/4th are younger then the lower end of the red box and 1/4th are older then the upper end of the blue box)

Findings here: More women then men and men seem to be slightly older then the women folk on paleohacks. Oh and as a last interesting numbers, the Average age is: 29.36 for Women, 31.49 for men and 30.19 overall. The Sample Size is exactly 100.

Like I said I would want to use more of the Data like Location, Race and Income, but unfortunately it would take me ages and don't have that much time. This was really interesting I have to say.

501 · April 08, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Age: 37

Gender: Female

Income: I do very well slinging Java (that's the computer language, not coffee...which is probably better not...slung...)

Location: NW Indiana, a suburb of Chicago (wink, wink), in the US

Political Views: Libertarian

Race: Typical American mutt (or as my parents and grandparents say: Heinz 57)

Religion: Agnostic Atheist

1605 · January 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Age: 36
Gender: Male
Income: Linux sys admin / systems analyst
Location: Orange County, CA
Political Views: libertarian and/or independent?
Race: European with significant Sicilian which is ... not sure, olive?
Religion: Christian / Calvinist / Reformed / Presbyterian, in that order

500 · January 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Age: 27 Gender: Male Income: Lower-middle income Location: Adirondacks (Rural) Political Views: Libertarian socialist (if that seems like a contradiction, read some Chomsky) Race: Caucasian Religion: Athiest

1669 · January 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Income: Barely any...living off of student loans :[

Location: Auburn, AL during the school year. Ashburn, VA when at home.

Political Views: The U.S. theory of "democracy" is nice...but lets face it, thats not how it works here. When our government is no longer corrupt, then I'll be able to answer for sure. But if I had to choose...liberal.

Race: Caucasian (Greek, German, Polish)

Religion: Christian (but not super religious)

277 · January 11, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Age: 29

Gender: Male

Income: above median for location, Software QA

Location: San Francisco, CA

Political Views: Near center on political compass, always a tiny bit to the left, and vary a little up or down. Consider myself independent as all the named political factions annoy me in one way or another.

Race: Asian (Taiwanese)

Religion: Catholic, pro-evolution, don't go to church, but like to do Lent. Like agnosticism in general.

88 · January 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Age: 45
Gender: Female
Profession: Mail Extraction Specialist
Income: Sad (see profession above)
Location: Boston
Political views: Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative
Race: Viking (Swedish, Dutch, Scot and Irish)
Religion: Raised Catholic, still trying to detox

594 · January 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

  • Age: 20
  • Gender: Female
  • Income: Money isn't an issue
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Political Views: Left from an American point of view but probably more centre-left here.
  • Race: Caucasian (Irish)
  • Religion: Atheist

7559 · January 11, 2012 at 4:26 AM

Age: 39 Gender: Female Income: 80's, Bank Location: Go Tebow! Political Views: Conservative Race: Dutch white chick Religion: Catholic

768 · August 01, 2012 at 1:56 PM

•Age: 23 •Gender: Male •Income: ... •Location: toronto •Political Views: Left-Libertarian •Race: Caucasian (punjabi) •Religion: secular humanist/sikh

401 · August 01, 2012 at 9:29 AM

  • Age: 25
  • Gender: Male
  • Income: Above average for location
  • Location: London, UK
  • Political Views: N/A
  • Race: Caucasian/Mauritian
  • Religion: Christian

147 · August 01, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Age: 17 - You might think this unusual but I think it pretty much aligns with how teen girls are on an unceasing quest to lose weight... I just happened to find a sustainable, healthier way!

Gender: Female.

Income: Family is middle-class.

Location: Singapore (that's not in China, by the way!)

Political Views: Pretty irrelevant.

Race: Chinese - Over here that's the equivalent of the white, sub-urban, majority-percentage middle class in America. #whitegirlproblems? Psht, #chinesegirlproblems.

Religion: Christian.

638 · August 01, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Income: 30s, Graphic designer

Location: London, UK

Political Views: Left

Race: Turkish/Swedish, not entirely sure what that makes me

Religion: Atheist

130 · August 01, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Income: Quite low... full-time student.

Location: currently Boston (family moves a lot), school in western Massachusetts

Political Views: Socialist, votes progressive or the closest equivalent (sigh... ashamed of the Democratic Party)

Race: White & Puerto Rican

Religion: modestly atheist

3395 · April 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Age: 23
Gender: Male
Income: dental student; should be set in a few years (frugal as shit)
Location: Indianpolis, but planning to practice dentistry in Florida somewhere
Political Views: anarchist/minarchist; maybe small L libertarian?
Race: Caucasian
Religion: agnostic atheist, but confident in the atheism
Hobbies: writing/producing electronic music, retro and indie video games, strength training, cooking, stuff

587 · April 09, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Age: 38

Gender: female

Income/Profession: I own a wellness practice. I make enough money to pay for the childcare. My husband has the tech job that puts us in the slightly higher median range for our area.

Location: Bay Area, CA

Political views: Feed, school, house, and heal people. Illegalize polution. Otherwise, leave people alone.

Race: Human- Irish, Italian, Swedish

Religion: "Be excellent to each other." Descendent of Mormons and Catholics.

11476 · April 09, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Income: 4-months of the year at a chocolate company/farm. Ya'll jealous.

Occupation: Student (dietetics major with a statistics minor, after half a degree of microgiology and biochemistry).

Location: Between British Columbia (the Island) and Montreal (Quebec).

Political Views: Relatively liberal. Had a generally scary experience volunteering for the NDP, had an equally weird experience volunteering for the green party (didn't know Elizabeth May was such a Catholic), BC liberals are basically conservatives, Conservatives are the worst. So, not really satisfied with anything.

Race: Irish, Chinese, English, Scottish. Born into China town, raised in super-English farmland.

Religion: Raised atheist, actually (we are quite few and far between). Still an active atheist.

1392 · February 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Age: 21
Gender: Female
Income: Student (i.e. non-existent income at the moment)
Location: I'm from the suburbs of NYC (Westchester) and I normally go to school in Philadelphia... but I'm spending the semester in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Political Views: Libertarian.
Race: 75% Caucasian, 25% Latina
Religion: Raised Catholic, but I don't consider myself anything at the moment.

11476 · February 09, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Profession: Dietetics student

Location: Montreal/Vancouver Island

Political Views: On the spectrum of libertarian

Race: Mix-breed mostly-Caucasian, 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Scottish, 1/4 Chinese, 1/4 English

Religion: Atheist. Originally Atheist too, both my parents from a loose version of Christianity originally, they became Atheist in the 20's

105 · January 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Income/Profession: Student in holistic nutrition, so what money I do have goes to food first.

Location: Toronto. Don't love living in the city, but access to tons of fresh, local produce and ethically raised meat which is great.

Political Views: Not particularly political. It makes me pretty depressed to be honest.

Race: Caucasian of Irish/Welsh descent... lots of celiac in this family

Religion: No religious leanings, but following the golden rule has always served me pretty well.

1468 · January 25, 2012 at 5:20 PM

•Age: 44 •Gender: Female •Income: Middle-Class •Location: Orange Park Fl •Political Views: Republican •Race: Caucasian (mixed German, Irish, CHek) •Religion: Christian

120 · January 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Age: 52 Gender: Male (Married, 2 kids) Income: 80s, Finance MBA Location: Detroit, MI Political Views: Republican Race: Caucasian Religion: Christian. Definite believer!

77348 · January 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

•Age:64 •Gender: Female •Income:enough (Retired) •Location: Mexico and Northern BC- both country, not city •Political Views: Non Political •Race: Caucasian (mixed Scottish, Irish, etc) •Religion:Agnostic

77348 · January 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Profession: Retired from software industry and aerospace/defense

Location: Sunny southern California

Political Views: libertarian (with a small "L") - to borrow a quote from Matt Stone of South Park, "I hate conservatives but I really f*cking hate liberals."

Race: German/Irish Caucasian, but mostly disengaged from the Irish part except for the music.

Religion: Quantum Consciousness - the universe (all of them) is a hologram. Maybe. By way of past leanings toward the Tao with chunks of I Ching thrown in and Zen. (Before you asked me, I understood just what time was. Now I'm not so sure. — Socrates) Originally Catholic.

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19355 · January 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Facebook provides analytic for fan pages and while I can only speak for my own, the results have consistently shown some trends.

A full 25% are female aged 25-35. Slightly less (~20%) are female aged 35-45. Males in the same age ranges represent the bulk of the male population.

Teenagers and older adults (55 and up) represent the smallest fraction.

20222 · January 11, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Age: 52
Gender: Male (Married, 2 kids)
Income: 90s, Computer Science grad
Location: Alexandria, VA
Political Views: Democrat/Libertarian (but they are all bums)
Race: Caucasian (mixed English, Scottish, German, who knows?, etc)
Religion: Non-religious, ex-Buddhist, ex-Presbyterian, living with SAD Lutherans (help me!)

4844 · January 11, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Interesting idea. It looks like we're all pretty young so far. I really like the idea that our generation may bring a growing percentage of folks who will no longer accept the conventional wisdom that has been offered to us. Personally:

  • Age: 24
  • Gender: Male
  • Income: 40s, IT tech
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Political Views: I really try to keep my world contained to what I touch and experience day to day. Politics seem to cause a lot of frustration in a lot of people, when they have very little say in them day to day.
  • Race: Caucasian (French/English)
  • Religion: Agnostic though somewhat spiritual (regular yoga practice, meditation, ecstatic dance)

I'm especially curious about the income part; I don't think I could follow this diet if I made any less, I'm just not creative enough with things like canned tuna.

10 · January 11, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Certainly don't mind sharing my information.

  • 28 years old.
  • Male.
  • Student / Part-time worker.
  • Currently living at home while attending college, but purchase all my own food and pay bills for utilities / phone / etc... I make it work.
  • My home is in Berkeley, California, a few blocks from the Downtown area. Close enough to hometown markets, farmers' markets, and establishments like Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl.
  • Politics is touchy... I would say I usually vote democrat, but am not hardcore left. I can see the weaknesses of either side's argument and usually (unfortunately, in this age), pick what I believe to be the lesser of two evils.
  • I am caucasian - Irish/Hungarian (flavored with a small mix of other backgrounds) by descent.
  • Religion is also something I usually don't like going into just in general, but I currently consider myself an Agnostic Christian Existentialist.

1353 · July 21, 2013 at 9:29 PM

•Age: 36 •Gender: Male •Income: I do community work, so... yeah... •Location: Hochelaga, Iroqouis territory •Political Views: Left Libertarian •Race: Human •Religion: Jesus was against it therefore so am I •Important demographic item that was left out: married with 3 kids

341 · July 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Age: 24 Gender: female Income: under $20 000 Location: Montreal, QC Political Views: Liberal Race: Caucasian (mixed Irish, Norwegian etc) Religion: Buddhist

1142 · July 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I suppose many people in countries which do not eat processed foods will be paleo without even knowing the word for it all over the globe - if you have to grow and eat your own veg and kill your own chickens because you have no money to buy processed foods you will be paleo by default. There will be many more people in that category than the few on websites like this who choose the diet. However leaving those aside it seems like there is a broad range of people.

I am (51) female, (I don't agree it is more expensive, you eat less, you eat no expensive processed foods), UK, free market libertarian which I suppose in the UK would be regarded as right wing although I am not sure it is really, white freckled which means 5% Neanderthal genes.

I don't agree Muslims, Jews and Hindus would find paleo hard to follow. You just have to slit the neck of the animal killing it the religious way etc and you are paleo. Veg indians eating beans and veg can be paleo and indeed need to be as they are more affected by sugar than many other races.

30 · July 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Age: 34
Gender: Male
Income: Above average (worker, freelance web designer)
Location: Jutland, Denmark
Politics: Anarcho-Capitalist
Race: Caucasian (German / Scandinavian)
Religion: Atheist/Agnostic (not anti-theist, and practise taoism)

20 · May 27, 2013 at 4:35 AM

Age: 31 Gender: F Income: 55,000+ Location: Ottawa, Canada Political Views: Liberal Race: Métis Religion: Atheist

404 · April 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Age: 17 Gender: Female Income: Non Location: Atlanta, GA Political Views: Independent. I can be very opinionated. I'm kinda into politics but I can't take some of the bull crap that goes on... Race: Black Religion: Non-religious

2282 · April 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Income: 100+, UX Graphics/Web Designer, I run my own design company

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Political Views: Can common sense be a political view?

Race: White-ish I guess, polish/german/dutch/native heritage

Religion: Boo-erns for labels -- I guess I'm atheist though. I still condsider myself spiritual and I'm open to new ideas/experiences

117 · April 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

  • Age: 31
  • Gender: Male
  • Income: 30k €, director at my own web design studio
  • Location: Czech Republic
  • Political Views: Right
  • Race: Caucasian (mixed Czech, Hungarian and Ukraine)
  • Religion: Agnostic

95 · April 16, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Profession: Student, Last year of Informatics Engineering

Location: Fafe, Portugal

Race: Caucasian

Religion: Non-religious

Hobbies: Street Workout && Gymnastic Rings

1981 · April 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Age: 25
Gender: Female
Income: $16,000
Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Political Views: don't care
Race: Caucasian
Religion: None

0 · April 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Age: 24 Gender: Female Income: Household 70s, Project Manager Location: Nashville, TN Politics: Left/Libertarian Race: Eastern European Religion: Atheist

1580 · April 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Income: 70s

Occupation: Business Owner

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates and London, UK

Political Views: Libertarian

Race: mixed white British-Persian

Religion: atheist.

0 · April 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Age: 30 Gender: Female Household Income: $100K Location: Florida Political views: Libertarian Race: White Religion: Athiest

90 · April 10, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Income: Not wealthy but not complaining, either.

Location: Florida, USA

Political Views: Democrat/Liberal, or something along those lines and definitely left.

Race: Spanish

Religion: New Age / Metaphysics

50 · April 10, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Income: None. Full time student and living with the parents

Location: Alberta

Political Views: Left-ish. I don't really do politics

Race: Caucasian (mixed German, Enlgish, Norwegian)

Religion: Athiest

60 · April 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Income: Moderate

Location: Metro Detroit

Political Views: Libertarian

Race: White

Religion: Agnostic

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0 · March 26, 2013 at 4:29 AM

Age: 31 Gender: Male Income: 28,000 Location: Sudbury, Ontario Political Views: Never paid much attention Race: Caucasian Religion: Can't be bothered

329 · September 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Age: 28 Gender: Female Hubby is trying to follow to though Location: Va Political Views: Democrat Race: Caucasion Religion: Atheist and always was atheist

289 · August 01, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Age: 29 Gender: Male Income: 70k Location: Newport, RI Political Views: Liberal Race: White- Portuguese, English, Irish, Scottish Mix Religion: N/A

188 · August 01, 2012 at 3:53 AM

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Income: None, student (parents pay for my stuffs)

Location: Houston, Texas

Political Views: Oh dear..nothing really..

Race: Born in America, but Lebanese from both parents.

Religion: Born Muslim, became agnostic..now I'm somewhat Christian? Not religious though.

1153 · April 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

33,Male,birmingham,UK Mixed race(black/white) Centre right politically 20k

118 · April 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Age: 41 Gender: female Income: 90's, Owner of HIT (High Intensity Training) & Nutrition Center Location: New Hampshire Political Views: About 500 yards right of Atilla the Hun - a staunch Capitalist & Patriot (or rather a Constitutionalist) Race: Caucasian (first generation Italian) Religion: Raised Catholic (which is code for "not Catholic") - spiritual, logic

392 · April 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

  • Age: 28
  • Gender: Female
  • Income: Work in Medical Records but have a BS in Music Education. I also supplement my income with some piano and accordion accompanying gigs.
  • Location: Columbus, OH
  • Political Views: I'd say I hang left
  • Race: Caucasian- mostly German but I'm your typical European mutt- got some Irish, English, Austrian, and a couple others I can never remember.
  • Religion: I go to/grew up in a Methodist church but I also have issues due to my scientific views and questioning nature.

185 · April 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Age: I am 20 years old.

Gender: Female!

Income: This is where I "faileo." I am in college and aim for the cheaper cuts. Not grass fed, difficult to find organic, etc.

Location: Austin, Texas! Hook 'em!

Political Views: Pretty damn liberal.

Race: Pretty damn white. A european mutt.

Religion: Atheist, sometimes agnostic. Some things... just gotta' happen for a reason. You know, man?

250 · April 22, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I'm not that much of a PaleoHacker in the sense of answering many questions on this site, though, in the sense of shaping my diet by paleo principles, I am.

* Age: 26
* Gender: male
* Income: Student, receive state education grant of 4700 kr ($830).
* Location: Suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark.
* Political Views: Used to be mostly libertarian, moved towards not caring.
* Race: White/Scandinavian/Danish.
* Religion: Atheist.

364 · April 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM



Student (pursuing BA in Political Science & Economics, going to grad school in a year)

Columbus, OH

Democrat, Progressive, Keynesian



1549 · April 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Age: 31 Gender: Male Income: $65,000 (Internet marketing job) Location: Portland Political Views: libertarian/market anarchist Race: Caucasian Religion: Theist Agnostic (raised catholic)

129 · April 22, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Age: 35 Gender: female Income: Around 100k family income / self employed Location: Silver City, NM, USA, rural Political Views: right wing conservative Race: White Religion: Christian, but believe in reincarnation

83 · April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Age: 21. Gender: Female. Income: Poor college kid, scraping by on student loans and a part-time campus job. Once in awhile my parents will come visit and take me to WholeFoods to stock up, other than that I have to improvise to stay fairly paleo - it's hard! Location: Missouri, USA. Political views: Libertarian, but I hate getting involved with politics. Race: White. Religion: Agnostic (raised Baptist).

629 · April 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

  • Age: 44
  • Gender: Female
  • Profession: Environmental Health Specialist (AKA "the Health Inspector")
  • Location: rural SE Arizona
  • Political Views: Independent (left-ish)
  • Race: Caucasian (mostly Scandinavian)
  • Religion: None (though sort of a "book Buddhist")

666 · April 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Age: 21
Gender: Male
Income: Student with part-time job, approx. $30-35.000
Location: Oslo, Norway
Political Views: Libertarian
Race: Scandinavian
Religion: Non-religious

10 · April 21, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Age: 25 Gender: Female Income: entry level office pos for a raw org food company Location: Berkeley,ca Political Views: Post Politics Race: Ethiopian Religion: Post Religion

1498 · April 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Age: 35

•Gender: Female

•Income: £40k

•Location: London

•Political Views: Left

•Race: Black

•Religion: Atheist

0 · April 09, 2012 at 3:27 AM

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Income: 75K

Occupation: Military Intelligence Instructor I teach young soldiers how to be excellent soldiers for their country, basically the opposite of Bradley Manning.

Location: Sierra Vista, Az

Political Views: Neoconservative Nationalist (Also known as American exceptionalism, having spent the vast majority of my life living in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, I can honestly say I prefer our system to the bankrupt politics of most of the world)

Race: White (Russian and Polish, with a little Native American thrown in.

Religion: Evangelical Dominionist Christian (yeah you read that right)

196 · April 09, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Age: 21, 22 in June. I started at age 19 :3
Gender: Female
Income: Student/Unemployed/None. I have to ask my family to buy most of the stuff (My family is very against this diet, so sometimes they don't do that.) This also results in it being necessary for me to eat a bowl of Ramen out of sheer hunger, but often enough I'll just fast. When I eat Ramen, it's because there's literally nothing in the house to eat including veggies.
Location: Illinois.
Political Views: I'm a writer; I don't really have straight political views. I research everything in order to supplement my writing, and base my views on that. They're really too erratic to lean "left" or "right."
Race: Asian/Pacific Islander
Religion: Dispaterian (Fictional religion, but I believe it's still a great way to go. :3.) I was raised Roman Catholic and clash with my family on it frequently.

35 · April 09, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Income: None, Student

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Political Views: More or less libertarian

Race: Korean

Religion: Raised as Christian, agnostic

1536 · February 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Age: 32
Gender: Female
Income: Hard to say. Roughly $36k in USD, but I live in Seoul where the cost of living is a lot lower. Working in curriculum development.
Location: Ex-New Yorker living in Seoul.
Political Views: Left I guess, but as a professional ex-pat, sometimes take a few steps back
Race: Mostly white 
Religion: non-theist spiritual/Buddhist/always up for wondering what's out there

334 · February 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Age: 44

Gender: Female

Occupation: Project Manager

Income: Should be enough, but it never is

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Political Views: Informally, liberal

Race: Caucasian

Religion: None

292 · February 22, 2012 at 4:13 AM

This is fun! :D

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Occupation: Graphic designer

Location: Dallas, Texas, but I was raised in Illinois and lived in Phoenix for 6 years after high school.

Political Views: Conservative with a few libertarian tendencies. I just want the government to stop taking my money and butt out of my life. I'm saving money so I can Go Galt as soon as possible.

Race: Caucasian

Religion: Atheist

120 · February 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM

•Age: 24

•Gender: Female

•Income: $0 Student

•Location: Melbourne Australia (urban)

•Political Views: Leftish.

•Race: Caucasian

•Religion: Atheist

98 · February 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Age: 27 Gender: Male Income: 25k Location: AL Political Views: meh.... Race: Caucasian Religion: Methodist

I spend about 40% of my income on food.

75 · February 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Would happily pass on my Information, It would be interesting to see. I imagine I am one of the few that are unemployed recent graduates with heaps of debt that are paleo...

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Income: On JSA in England, So £106 Every Fortnight

Location: Liverpool, UK

Political Views: None

Race: Caucasian (English)

Religion: Lapse Catholic

865 · February 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Income: Currently a student, so I have none. Post-graduation job ~70

Location: NYC

Political views: Liberal. I really hate politics because I can't tolerate BS. Ironically, I majored in Political Science.

Race: Caucasian

Religion: Agnostic atheist

259 · February 15, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Age: 25
Gender: female
Income: Low (I work in a deli)
Location: PA
Political Views: I'm not very political but I lean to the left
Race: caucasian
Religion: I'm not really religious but my family is christian

145 · February 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

  • Age: 22
  • Gender: Female
  • Income: average for area located, BS in Computer Science
  • Location: Charlotte - DC - NY
  • Political Views: More left than not.
  • Race: Eurasian (half asian, half "white")
  • Religion: Non-religious

20 · February 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Age: 38 Gender: Male

Income: above median for location, Pharmaceutical Consultant Location: Oakland Berkeley border, CA

Political Views: Libretarian Conservative - perhaps better to call myself a Nationalist - An America first guy

Race: Indian (born and raised here in North America)

Religion: Raised Hindu - practice spiritually while ignoring food dogma (vegetarianism, no beef) quite religiously :) Although I love my organic ghee and raw milk

Hobbies: doing chinups and NOT doing cardio, singing, cooking, watching Dexter, partying

For more Paleo hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/89345/demographics-of-a-paleohacker#ixzz1mUB8D386

260 · February 15, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Age: 21
Gender: female
Full-time student/part-time Subway worker (... yeah I started working here before I discovered paleo; kind of an ethical dilemma for me, but...)
Income: LOW (depend on my parents, student loans, part-time job)
Location: rural Louisiana
Political views: Moderate
Race: Caucasian
Religion: agnostic atheist

40 · February 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Age: 36
Gender: Male
Profession: Systems Analyst
Location :Rockland Ontario Canada
Political: Center Left (liberal in canada)
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Catholic... i think

0 · February 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

•Age: 49.

•Gender: Female.

•Income: Professional salary but supporting five adults, times are hard.

•Location: Rural Northern England.

•Political Views: Leftish.

•Race: Human, Northern European.

•Religion: Agnostic atheist.

289 · February 15, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Age: 29 Gender: Male Income: 70s, Merchant Marine Location: Newport, RI Political Views: Liberal Race: Caucasian (mixed Portuguese, English, Irish, Scottish, French) Religion: raised catholic, on the side of spiritual non religious

2492 · February 15, 2012 at 6:57 AM

* Age: 41
* Gender: Female
* Location: NorCal, Silicon Valley
* Political Views: Yellow Dog Democrat
* Profession: Psychologist, mom of 2
* Race: Caucasian
* Religion: Jew

80 · February 15, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Age: 21 Gender: Male Income: Broke College Kid/ Jewelry Sales Rep/Future Educator Location: Simpsonville, SC Politics: Republican Race: ½ Korean ½ Scottish Religion: Christian

350 · February 15, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Income: Grad student... living off student loans (and my boyfriend's T.A./research salary) and I make $5,000 a year (gah, that's depressing)

Location: I-O-W-A

Political Views: Pretty Liberal

Race: white

Religion: Christian

60 · February 09, 2012 at 9:58 PM

demographics-of-a-paleohacker? Here are the age and gender demographics for The Domestic Man FB page (facebook.com/thedomesticman), which has about 1,500 "likes" right now. Apparently, males under the age of 18 aren't into it.

My stats:
Gender: Male
Profession: Military (Russian/Indonesian Translator, Navy)
Location: Baltimore, MD
Political views: Liberal
Race: English/Welsh
Religion: Non-religious

55 · February 08, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Profession: Student of Political Sciences. Plan to (if possible) continue studying economics, philosophy, history, programming.

Location: Spain (for the American people, that's Europe :P)

Political Views: Socialist

Religion: Bright, Atheist

99 · February 08, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Age: 32 Gender: Female Income: very little: I'm s Social Worker Location: East Texas Political Views: Conservative with Libertarian tendencies (Liberal on some social issues but very conservative on fiscal issues) Race: Native American /Irish and German Religion: Catholic

1803 · February 08, 2012 at 8:48 PM

  • Age: 25

  • Gender: Female

  • Income: ~50K, recent finance grad.

  • Location: Dallas, Texas area

  • Political Views: More or less libertarian, not very political.

  • Race: Caucasian (general American mutt)

  • Religion: Atheist

608 · January 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Age: 26

Gender: Female

Profession: Compliance & Regulation / fitness&diet Blogger- I do pretty well for myself - upper middle class

Location: Chicago - easy access to Whole Foods and Trader Joes, but it'd be nice to have access to "Supermarkets" that sell vegetables at a reasonable price

Political Views: More liberal I guess.

Race: Westernized Indian

Religion: Agnostic

3199 · January 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

•Age: 20

•Gender: Female

•Proffession: Model/Student

•Location: London

•Political Views: I don't have any, which may seem strange seeing as I am an International Relations student, but there you go. Possibly that might even be the reason why I don't have any political views. The more you learn about this the less clear it all becomes.

•Race: White. Russian

•Religion: Russian Orthodox Christian

Is it good for the average age to be lower? I'd say yes on the whole, since its best to prevent problems young than treat them later , but I think the best indicator isn't average age per se but a greater range of paleo adherents, i.e. people who start young and follow through indefinitely on this lifestyle. This involves considerable time lag though, and the movement is still relatively young (ironically, it also happens to be the oldest...)

Are men more likely to be paleo? Well, there MIGHT be a slight skew because there paleo is more known in body building circles, which have marginally more men. BUT, this is similar to asking if most women are vegetarian...thing is, women are, statistically, more likely to make more conscious food choices because they place more importance on appearance; conventional wisdom tells us to cut meat, and a lot of women do that. Perhaps that might also account for any gender differences; but I don't have data to back up so this is just speculation.

Income: For me personally, paleo has slashed my bills. I buy bulk organic online & freeze; I don't spend any money on processed foods and rarely eat out. However, as far as trends are concerned, I think middle class people tend to be most health-centered, and thus more likely to read health & fitness blogs, which is where most stumble accross paleo. Again, this is but speculation on my part, no concrete evidence.

Location: I think it leans a lot towards the urban, since these are the people that most often suffer the 'diseases of civilization'...but I'm sure, on the contrary, there are a lot of people who are 'paleo' and don't even realise it, who live in the country.

Politics: This is reeaaally stretching it, and not to mention, risking it, but could it be that more politically open-minded people would also be more open-minded to consider something like Paleo, that goes against CW? I'm not defining which crowd is politically open-minded here - like I said, I have no political views. Ha. Just an idea.

Race: I think race is a little too wide a category. Culture really matters - how you were brought up, what your national cuisine is, and how close to traditional the food you ate was. I was raised on a carb-heavy, but very minimally processed, traditional Russian diet; I think the fact that I didn't grow up eating industrialised food and that I grew up in the country made a huge impact on my mentality about health.

Religion: On a personal note, in my family, we have never really practiced fasting (not IF - I mean the 'no meat or animal products' Lent fasting), and there's always been an emphasis on the fact that its the thoughts you put in that matter. Lent is a period when you calm down, stay away from excess and think a lot about morality. Its not necessary to stop eating meat. I've seen questions on Mark's blog about religious restrictions, and have seen that it's quite easy to adapt (I'm talking things like Kosher, or Ramadan)

Again, this is just my spin on things.

Lots of Love!

Milla :-)

13928 · January 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Age............: 32.
Gender.........: Female.
Income.........: Our total household income is higher than the mean in NYC.
Location.......: NYC, NY.
Political Views: Moderate Conservative.
Race...........: Caucasian Canadian of British ancestry (Devon/Somerset).
Religion.......: Christian.

100 · January 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Income: 20K - husband is a full-time student with a part-time job, I'm a birth doula.

Location: Saint Louis, MO, USA

Political Views: anarcho-communist

Race: Caucasian - Irish, Czechoslovakian

Religion: Atheist

1957 · January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Age: 29
Gender: Male
Occupation: Lead Burger Flipper
Income: < 15k
Location: ADK, Northern NY
Political Views: Confused, Social Liberal, fiscal conservative
Race: Euromutt
Religion: No thanks.

669 · January 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM

To add to the melting pot!

Age: 19

Gender: Female

Profession: Student

Location: Sydney, Australia

Political views: More 'liberal' than not, but prefer to approach politics issue by issue

Race: Anglo-Saxon/Egyptian

Religion: Half-arsedly raised Muslim, came out of it an agnostic/atheist.

157 · January 25, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Age: 43
Gender: Female
Profession: Digital Music Industry
Location: Oakland, CA
Race: Black and White
Hobbies: Dance (Tribal Belly Dance, Afro-Haitian, Brazilian, Jazz), Cycling

Paleo since 12.22.11

298 · January 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Age: 38

Gender: Female

Profession: Conservation/Non-Profit Part-time and watch kids other times

Income: mine plus my husband's start-up business means we get by but things are tight

Location: Vermont

Political views: On one quiz I was a Liberal Libertarian, but I hate politics

Race: one of those Caucasoid mongrels

Religion: Raised Catholic, now maybe Atheist? Humanist? Agnostic? I really don't know.

0 · January 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Income: Household-70ish

Location: Philly, PA

Political Views: middle/left

Race: Cauasian (German, Austrian, Swedish)

Religion: None

35 · January 25, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Age: (Just turned) 16 :P

Gender: Female

Income: None

Location: Australia

Political Views: No bull**

Race: Caucasian ( Australian,Romanian,German,Macedonian)

Religion: Atheist

7741 · January 25, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Age: 26

Gender: Lady

Income: 10-20,000/year usually. po' but self-sufficient

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Political Views: none (don't vote or follow)

Race: white, WASP background

Religion: none/atheist

1061 · January 25, 2012 at 3:08 AM

Age: 18
Gender: Female
Income: The one I live off of? Depleted enough for me to qualify for great financial aid when I apply to universities; I don't know the specifics because it's not my money. I had a part-time job until I lost my hearing a year ago, and that was about $2k/year.
Location: Fairfax County, VA
Political views: Very liberal, with some dichotomous socialist and libertarian leanings.
Race: Caucasian with strong German roots
Religion: Agnostic atheist

5888 · January 25, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Age: 50
Gender: male
Income: large
Location: SE Iowa
Political Views: fiscally conservative, socially liberal
Race: Caucasian (Haplogroups H and G2c)
Religion: spiritual in a context of nondual awakening

1614 · January 25, 2012 at 2:52 AM

surprised by all the libertarians...

Age: 25

Gender: F

Career: fed govt employee at a regulatory agency

Location: Wisco

Political Views: pissed at all the stupidity!

Race: Caucasian (Norweigan and Native American)

Religion: None, thank you

700 · January 25, 2012 at 2:43 AM

  • Age: 32
  • Gender: Female
  • Income: Above average
  • Location: Raleigh NC
  • Political Views: Fittingly, the political compass test shows me as Paleo-Liberal :P
  • Race: European
  • Religion: Agnostic/ Unitarian Universalist

2417 · January 25, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Age: 31

Gender: Female

Profession: Legal

Income: Net, after student loans? Not much.

Location: Pacific NW

Political views: Socialist, keen on the Bill of Rights

Race: I don't endorse the notion of race. I'm one of the privileged ones, ok?

Religion: None. Atheist.

1582 · January 25, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Income: Around $75 combined dual income, 2 person family.

Location: Austin, Texas - Urban

Political Views: Left I go.

Race: Caucasian

Religion: Atheist/Agnostic

10878 · January 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Income: Stay-at-home mother, Middle class

Location: Providence, RI

Political Views: Liberal/ Social Democrat

Race: Caucasian (Mixed Western European: Dutch, Ashkenazi Jew, German, Scottish, etc)

Religion: Athiest

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2913 · January 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Age: 41
Gender: Male
Income: (comfortably middle class)
Occupation: Graphic Design
Location: San Jose, CA
Political Views: Classical Liberalism (a bit of Apathetic Technocrat)
Race: Anglo-Saxon
Religion: Atheist (non-practicing Discordian, affinity for Theraveda Buddhism)

5848 · January 12, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Age: 31

Gender: Male

Income: Med-High AU$57 (Household $120), Senior Accountant, Studying Masters in ICT Management

Location: Adelaide Australia

Political Views: Libertarian

Race: Caucasian (English)

Religion: Non-religious

180 · January 12, 2012 at 5:47 AM

AGE: 42 GENDER" Male INCOME: nunya business LOCATION: the beautiful Sandhills of Nebraska POLITICAL VIEWS: Libertarian RACE: doesn't matter RELIGION: again not important

426 · January 12, 2012 at 4:58 AM

Age: 23 Gender: female Income: nonexistent, still in school! Location: Houston, TX Political Views: Tough call. I vote for the candidate. Race: Caucasian Religion: agnostic

4524 · January 12, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Age: 33 1/2
Gender: Female
Income: ~$90K total household income (of which, I contribute roughly half)
Location: San Antonio, TX
Political Views: Life Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (Libertarian)
Race: Caucasian/Scandinavian (mostly Swedish and Norwegian)
Religion: Atheist

10 · January 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Age: 28 Gender: F Income: 50s, Energy analyst Location: Oklahoma Political Views: Libertarian Race: Caucasian (Northern European), Some Native American Religion: Agnostic

2903 · January 11, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Oh fun! I'm a statistician so I love these kinds of surveys.

Age: 32

Gender: Female

Profession: Data Analyst @ 85K

Location: Chi-town!

Political views: Socially Liberal, Financially Conservative. Voting is hard.

Race: On the surface, caucasian. Inside, Russian, Lebanese and German

Religion: Raised Jewish, practicing Atheism with gust and verve.

818 · January 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Age: 24

Gender. Female

Profession: Graphic Designer ~ 60K USD (120K household)

Location: South-West Norway

Political Views: Liberal I guess (US lean more Democratic)

Race: Norwegian + Native American - Caucasian

Religion: non-religious but have my beliefs in a bigger power

1329 · January 11, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Profession: IT

Location: UK

Political Views: Liberal

Race: Caucasian (mixed Irish, Norwegian, Chilean)

Religion: Non-religious, but interested in the philosophical side of Buddhism (not the moral side)

Fairly similar in some respects!

230 · January 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Age: 30 Gender: Male Income: 35k Location: North Carolina Political Views: Pro-gun Progressive Liberal
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Atheist

11664 · January 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Age: 35 Gender: Female Income: 50k, graduate degree Location: Toronto, Canada Political Views: left Race: Caucasian Religion: lapsed Catholic. spiritual but not religious

80 · January 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Age: 27

Gender: Female

Income: 40s, IT Analyst

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Political Views: I am another one who tries not to get too involved in politics. If I had to pick, I'd say democrat.

Race: Caucasian (English/French)

Religion: Agnostic

1771 · January 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Age: 36 Gender: Female Income: I'm a stay at home parent, my partner earns ~ 60's & we get child benefit for two children (£130 every four weeks) Location: Cleveland, UK (I'm from Newcastle upon Tyne originally though). We're urban, but both locations are pretty close to farms & countryside. Political Views: Left wing Race: Irish mother, English father (with Scottish roots). Caucasian, fair skinned & freckled! Religion: Agnostic

21258 · January 11, 2012 at 4:18 AM



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Tampa Bay area of Florida

Libertarian / Social Anarchist

Welsh/Scot/Breton (in order of concentration), with some German (1/8th, going back to 2 German GGGrandparents), and 1/16th Cherokee (Dad's Grandmother was Cherokee).

Christian - I tend to not "hang out" with many Believers mostly because my social views are so far against the Evangelical views... and I've not been to church in a while due to this awkwardness.

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