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The Short Answer
What Percentage of Americans Owns Stock?
The Short Answer

What Percentage of Americans Owns Stock?

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With U.S stock values setting record highs this year, but also experiencing significant volatility, it is fair to ask what percentage of Americans are personally exposed to the market's financial risks and windfalls.

Gallup found 55% of Americans reporting they own stock in April 2019, similar to the average of 54% Gallup has measured since 2010. This is based on a question asking respondents about any individual stocks they may own, as well as stocks included in mutual funds or retirement savings accounts, like a 401(k) or IRA.

Stock ownership was more common from 2001 to 2008 when an average 62% of U.S. adults said they own stock, but this fell toward the end of the 2007-2009 recession and has not fully rebounded.

Line graph. Percentage of Americans saying they own stock shown in yearly averages from 1998 to 2019.

Learn more about the decline in U.S. stock ownership since the Great Recession. U.S. Stock Ownership Down Among All but Older, Higher-Income.

Read Gallup's latest release on stock ownership and Americans' views of the best type of investment. In U.S., Real Estate Still Leads Stocks as Best Investment.

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