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How many friends do Americans have? A survey crunched the numbers

How many friends do Americans have? A survey crunched the numbers

New research has delved into what friendship in the U.S. looks like, including just how many friends the average American has.

What are people saying?

Who are they? Friends can be anyone from the folks in your Dungeons & Dragons group, the neighbors in your weekly potluck, or that chatty classmate you started hanging out with from your ceramics course.

  • A study released this month from the Pew Research Center crunched the numbers on friendship in the U.S., and just how much they mean to us.
  • According to Pew, 61% of adults in the U.S. say that having close friends is essential to living a fulfilling life – that’s more than those who cited marriage, children or money.
  • A slim majority of adults surveyed (53%) said they have between one and four close friends. 38% said they had about five or more.

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