Health >> Enriching Activities >> Types of Activities by Region

3 out of 4 King County adults participate in sports and physical activities, but only 1 in 4 dances or makes music. 

Balancing work and chores with enjoyable activities helps to relieve the pressures of day-to-day life.  King County adults were asked about their participation in 9 types of cultural, spiritual, athletic, educational, or community-service activities over the past 30 days. Response options were “very active,” “somewhat active,” “not very active,” and “not active at all.”

In 2011, sports and other physical activities edged out reading and writing, which was the most popular type of activity in the 2007 survey.  Overall, the 3 most popular activity types for King County adults were, in order:

  • Sports and other physical activities (75%).
  • Reading, writing, attending book clubs, and participating in theater productions (70%).
  • Learning about a new issue or skill (63%). 

King County adults were least likely to:

  • Make music or dance (26%)
  • Attend drama productions, plays, or lectures (30%).
  • Participate in arts and crafts activities (34%).

Regional patterns in types of enriching activities included:

  • Participation in arts and cultural activities was highest among Seattle residents.
  • East Region residents participated in sports and other physical activities more than residents of North and South regions.
  • South Region residents were more likely than Seattle residents to participate in spiritual or religious activities.