American Time Use Survey

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 2013 Technical Note.

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Household activities on weekdays and weekend days in 2013

Time spent in household activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in household activities, averages per day on weekdays and weekends, 2013 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 Weekdays Weekends and holidays Weekdays Weekends and holidays

Total, household activities

1.65 2.09 74.2 75.3 2.22 2.77

Housework

.54 .65 33.9 35.5 1.60 1.82

Food preparation and cleanup

.55 .63 56.0 53.7 .98 1.18

Lawn and garden care

.15 .25 8.7 10.7 1.77 2.38

Household management

.12 .15 17.0 17.8 .73 .82

Interior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.06 .08 2.8 3.5 2.01 2.37

Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.04 .07 2.5 3.6 1.68 2.05

Animals and pets

.10 .11 16.2 13.9 .61 .78

Vehicles

.03 .06 2.0 3.2 1.52 1.98

Appliances, tools, and toys

.02 .02 1.2 1.4 1.31 1.68

Travel related to household activities

.04 .06 8.5 9.4 .44 .59

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-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, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

Household activities done by men and women in 2013

Time spent in household activities (1) and percent of the civilian population engaging in household activities, averages per day by sex, 2013 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

1.78 1.34 2.19 74.5 65.1 83.4 2.39 2.06 2.63

Housework

.57 .25 .87 34.4 19.4 48.5 1.67 1.30 1.80

Food preparation and cleanup

.57 .33 .80 55.3 41.7 68.1 1.03 .80 1.17

Lawn and garden care

.18 .25 .12 9.3 11.3 7.4 1.98 2.26 1.60

Household management

.13 .10 .16 17.2 14.2 20.1 .75 .73 .77

Interior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.06 .09 .04 3.0 3.7 2.4 2.13 2.32 1.86

Exterior maintenance, repair, and decoration

.05 .07 .03 2.8 3.8 1.8 1.83 1.93 1.62

Animals and pets

.10 .09 .11 15.5 13.1 17.8 .65 .68 .63

Vehicles

.04 .08 .01 2.3 4.1 .6 1.71 1.86 .87

Appliances, tools, and toys

.02 .03 .01 1.2 1.8 .7 1.43 1.55 (2)

Travel related to household activities

.04 .04 .04 8.8 7.9 9.6 .49 .52 .46

Footnotes:
(1) All estimates refer to household activities done as a main (primary) activity. Other activities done simultaneously are not included.
(2) Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey standard for quality and reliability.
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, 2013 annual averages (PDF)

For a further description of ATUS data and methodology, see the ATUS 2013 Technical Note.

Other sources of ATUS data

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Last Modified Date: June 18, 2014

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