The Demographics of Occupy Wall Street from Fast Company


There is a lot of misinformation about who’s out there on the ground “occupying” things. Some people think they’re all jobless socialist stinky hippies who don’t want to work hard and get a hand out. Those of you who think that can go fuck yourself—if you ever went camping you’d know that you’d get pretty ripe.  Sure, there may be some socialists, hippies and even people who don’t want to work hard. They’re going to fall by the wayside while other people figure out what they want. The whole OWS movement to me smacks of the death of apathy and having it in hundreds of cities concurrently with social network cross-pollination is going to incubate a lot of ideas. Some of the ideas will be loony shit, and some of them will be brilliant.

What we’re seeing is a massive distributed conference between people of all walks of life and life-situations that might be compared to the early days of the American Revolution. Remember, the British empire early on restricted town meetings in places like Massachusetts (1774) as a method of control and repression of dissent. Acts like this are what drove pre-Americans to start the First Continental Congress. As an anarchist, I would help they try to figure out how to do it with zero government. But hey, maybe you think that’s loony shit. The good ideas will prosper.

Get the whole deal at but the meat is here, the movement is very well represented across society and they’re not all jobless:

They aren’t all kids. Xers, Boomers, and older are also in on it: One-third of respondents is older than 35, and one-forth is 45 or older.

It’s not all students and the educated elite. About 8% have, at best, a high school degree. And just about a quarter (26.7%) are enrolled in school. Only about 10% are full-time students.

“Get a job!” wouldn’t apply to most of them. Half of the respondents are already employed full-time, and an additional 20% work part-time. Just 13.1% are unemployed–not a whole lot more than the national average.

“Tax the rich!” could hit close to home. About 15% earn between $50,000 and $80,000 annually (pretty good anywhere except in Manhattan). Thirteen percent earn over $75,000 annually, and nearly 2% bring in more than $150,000.

It may be a party, but not that kind. The movement is often identified as a liberal, even Democrat-dominated cause. But just 27.3% of respondents call themselves Democrats (and 2.4% are Republican). And the rest, 70% call themselves independents.

Not everyone tweets. The microblogging site played a big role in getting the movement started. But that’s not how most people keep up with it. Twenty-nine percent of respondents are regular Twitter users. But 66% are Facebook regulars. The biggest online community, however, is YouTube, with about 74% being regular users.



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