Podcast Statistics for 2023 – Charts and Data

29+ Fascinating Podcast Statistics, Facts & Trends for 2023

Podcast awareness and listening continue to rise in the United States, driven by an explosion in new podcast programming, and consumer adoption of “smart speakers” like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.

2023 podcast statistics from Edison Research and Triton Digital were recently released as part of the annual study: The Infinite Dial.

This study is now in its 22nd year and is widely regarded as the finest research on audio habits and podcasting available anywhere. I strongly encourage you to download the entire study (no cost) as it contains substantially more insights than I’ve summarized here.

Note that this research surveyed Americans 12 years of age and older.

75% of Americans are Now Familiar with Podcasting

This is approximately 212 million people and an increase of more than 10 million in one year.

55% of Americans Have Listened to a Podcast

This is up from 51% in 2019 and indicates that roughly three-quarters of the people who are familiar with podcasts have actually listened to one.

Podcast Listeners Have Grown 37.5% in 3 Years

In 2017, 40% of Americans 12 or older had listened to a podcast, compared to 55% in 2023.

37% of Americans Listen to Podcasts Monthly

In 2023, for the first time, more than 100 million Americans listen to at least one podcast each month.

Monthly Podcast Listeners Have Grown 54% in 3 Years

In 2017, 24% of Americans 12 or older listened to podcasts monthly, compared to 37% in 2023.

Half of Americans Ages 12-34 Listen to Podcasts Monthly

As of 2023, 49% of all Americans, 12-34, listen to at least one podcast per month, compared to 42% in 2019.

Monthly Podcast Listening Growing Fastest Among Older Americans

From 2019 to 2023, the percentage of Americans ages 55+ who listen to podcasts monthly increased by 29%. At present, nearly one-quarter of all 55+ consumers in the United States are listening to podcasts month.

Each Week, More Americans Listen to Podcasts Than Go to Church

In 2023, for the first time, a larger percentage of American consumers listened to podcasts weekly than attended church or religious services weekly: 24% to 23%. 68 million Americans are weekly podcast listeners.

Podcasting’s Share of Time Continues to Grow

Among Americans who listen to podcasts at least weekly, the average amount of time spent per week listening grew in 2023 to 6 hours, 39 minutes.

Weekly Podcast Listeners Tune in an Average of 6 Podcasts per Week

On average, podcast fans listen to 6 podcasts during the course of a week. This average is skewed somewhat, however, by hard-core podcast devotees. 51% of weekly podcast listeners consume 1-3 podcasts per week, but 12% listen to 11 or more podcasts!

76 million Americans Now Have “Smart Speakers” in Their Homes

Led by Amazon, growth in smart speaker ownership has been significant. 21% of Americans own Amazon Echo (Alexa) device, as of 2023. And smart speaker ownership overall increased by 17% between 2019 and 2023. This increase in smart speakers is giving owners more opportunities to listen to podcasts at home.

Podcasting: monthly number of listeners in the U.S. 2019-2023 | Statista

Podcast listening is continuing to soar. These 2023 podcast statistics demonstrated that we are not yet at “peak podcast”, at least in terms of consumption. Please do download all of The Infinite Dial from Edison Research and Triton Digital, as there are many more statistics and charts worth your attention.

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