In a spring study, USDA points out the factors that affect pork consumption in the U.S.
In the first portion of the study, there are no big surprises. Men consume 66 percent more pork than women. In addition, pork consumption by men increases until they reach their 50s then declines as they age. The same holds true for women, but the rate of women’s decline in quantity consumed after reaching their 50s is less than men.
A surprise in the study was that income didn’t have a big impact on consumption, says Ron Plain, agricultural economist at the University of Missouri. In a contrast to what people may think, low-income consumers eat the most pork followed by the mid-income group, with the high-income consumers consuming the least.
Pork consumption at home declined substantially as income increased and at restaurants it increased as income increased.
Overall, more pork is consumed at home than in restaurants. Nearly 82 percent of fresh pork and 76 percent of processed pork is consumed at home.
When it comes to consumption, Midwest consumers eat the most pork, followed by the south. The northeastern area came in third and consumers in the west consumed the smallest amounts of pork.