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Fed Survey: 7% of US Adults Use Crypto, Down from Previous Years

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  • Fed survey shows 7% of US adults used crypto in 2023, down from 10% in 2022.
  • Higher crypto usage is seen among those with incomes over $100,000, millennials, men, and minorities.
  • 73% of voters want presidential candidates knowledgeable about AI and cryptocurrency.

According to the latest Federal Reserve’s annual household survey, the number of US adults who said they own or have used cryptocurrency dropped considerably. The survey, known as the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), reported that about 18 million US adults reported using crypto in 2023—a decline from prior years.

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The survey indicated that from 12 months to October 2023, about 7% of U.S. adults said they had engaged in cryptocurrency transactions, a decrease from 10% in 2022 and 12% in 2021.

Fed Survey: 7% of US Adults Use Crypto, Down from Previous Years
Table indicating the percentage of cryptocurrency adoption among adults in the U.S. | Source: Federal Reserve

SHED Reveals Decline in Crypto Transactions and Investment

Of the respondents who claimed to have engaged in crypto, only 1% said they used it to buy goods and services or to transfer money. That’s a 50% decline compared to the previous year. It is important to know that only 7% of the respondents indicated that they have bought or owned cryptocurrencies for investment purposes.  

Fed Survey: 7% of US Adults Use Crypto, Down from Previous Years
Transferring funds quicker and privacy issues were key reasons for the 1% who chose to use cryptocurrency for transactions. | Source: Federal Reserve

These findings from the Federal Reserve are in sharp contrast with Coinbase’s claim that 52 million Americans own cryptocurrencies. Coinbase failed to explain how it arrived at the figures.

Survey Reveals Demographic Trends in Crypto Usage

The survey also revealed some demographic characteristics of crypto usage. People with an annual household income of $100,000 and above were more likely to have used cryptocurrencies for any purpose. The survey further showed that the most engaged crypto users were millennials aged 30-44, while Gen Z adults aged 18-29 were the second most involved. The same survey found that men are three times more likely to use crypto than women.

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In terms of race, Black and Hispanic adults were more likely to be actively involved in using cryptocurrency for transactions. Asian adults were the biggest group interested in using crypto as an investment. In contrast, White adults were the least likely to use cryptocurrencies for any purpose

Politics Influence Crypto 

Besides retail adoption, cryptocurrencies are also involved in the political system. There’s a political action committee (PAC) called Fairshake, which is funded by influential people in the crypto sphere. Fairshake has focused on the Senate to change the balance in Congress. Lately, Fairshake used over $10 million to challenge a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in California.

A Coinbase report revealed that holders of cryptocurrencies in California will likely have a vital impact in the upcoming U.S. elections. It highlights the growing integration of crypto in politics, where 73% of US voters expect presidential candidates to properly understand modern advancements such as AI and cryptocurrency.


Cryptopolitan reporting by Damilola Lawrence

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