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Pickleball Statistics: The Numbers Behind America’s Fastest Growing Sport

Brandon Mackie
Aug 30, 2022 | 8 min read
Pickleball Statistics

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  1. Key Pickleball Statistics
  2. Total Number of Pickleball Players
  3. Pickleball Players by Region
  4. Pickleball Players by Gender
  5. Pickleball Players by Age

Pickleball is now the fastest-growing sport in America.

The sport, a cross between ping pong, badminton, and tennis, was invented by 3 vacationers on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, in 1965.

Pickleball is easy to learn, fun to play, and can be enjoyed well into one’s later years, making it especially popular among seniors.

The sport is often played in an "open play format", which allows players to mix and match with dozens of other players in a session. This social aspect is a big driver behind pickleball’s explosive growth.

From player adoption to the growth rate in courts, here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll find on this page:

Key Pickleball Statistics

Key Pickleball Statistics

  • There are currently 4.8 million pickleball players in the United States. 1
  • Pickleball has grown an average of 11.5% per year over the last 5 years. 1
  • Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America. 1
  • Players 18-34 make up the largest percentage of pickleball players at 28.8% nationwide. 1
  • There are currently 10,320 pickleball courts in the United States.
  • The pickleball paddle market size is estimated at $152.8 million in 2021 and is forecasted to grow at 7.7% CAGR through 2028.

Total Number of Pickleball Players

There are 4.8 million pickleball players in the United States, according to the 2022 Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball.

Total Number of Pickleball Players in the US by Year

Source: SFIA Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball

Year Total Pickleball Players
2017 3,132,000
2018 3,301,000
2019 3,460,000
2020 4,200,000
2021 4,820,000

Pickleball grew 14.8% from 2020 to 2021. This followed pickleball’s 21.3% growth from 2019 to 2020. In the last five years, pickleball participation has grown by 53.9%. And over the past 5 years, pickleball has grown an average of 11.5% per year. 

Here’s a complete breakdown of pickleball’s growth rate by year:

Growth Rate of US Pickleball Players by Year - Graph

Source: SFIA Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball

And here’s that same growth data in a table:

Year Annual Pickleball Growth Rate %
2017 11.3%
2018 5.4%
2019 4.8%
2020 21.4%
2021 14.8%

Pickleball Players by Region

The US region with the highest total number of participants was the South Atlantic Region (Deleware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia) with 1,087,000 or 22.6% of all players.

The West North Central Region (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) showed the fastest growth in pickleball players at 29.8% year-over-year in 2022. 

Middle-America pickleball hot spots like Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas are among the biggest drivers of the sport's strong recent growth. 

The Middle Atlantic Region (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia) showed the slowest growth in pickleball players at 5.8% year-over-year in 2021.

Source: SFIA Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball

Pickleball Players by Gender

Men made up 60.5% of pickleball players in 2021, while women made up 39.5% of total players.

Pie Chart of Pickleball Players by Gender - Pickleball Statistics

Source: SFIA Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball

Women grew slightly faster than men, at 17.6% year-over-year in 2021, compared to men who grew at 13.0% year-over-year. 

Pickleball Players by Age

Players aged 55 and up were the largest age bracket of pickleball players in 2021, comprising 19.8% of total participants. Players aged 18 to 34 were the second largest age bracket, making up 18.5% of total participants.  

The average age of pickleball players was 38.1 years in 2021. The average age of pickleball players is dropping and declined 2.9 years from an average of 41.0 years in 2020. 

Pickleball player growth in 2021 was fastest among players under 24 years of age (21%). Growth among players 55 and older was slower at 10% year-over-year. 

Source: SFIA Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball

Total Number of US Pickleball Courts

There are currently 10,320 places to play pickleball in the US. This included dedicated courts and other places to play such as tennis courts with pickleball lines drawn.

Pickleball Courts by State

California has the highest number of places to play pickleball with 794 known locations. Florida has the 2nd most places to play pickleball with 770 locations, and Texas is third with 519 locations. 

Pickleball Courts by State - Pickleball Statistics

Here are the top 10 states with the most places to play pickleball:

State # of Pickleball Locations
California 794
Florida 770
Texas 519
North Carolina 421
New York 400
Illinois 396
Michigan 377
Pennsylvania 357
Washington 348
Ohio 337

New Jersey is lagging, despite having the 11th highest population in the US, ranks #22 on the list of pickleball states with 203 total locations. North Carolina is over-indexing with the 4th highest total of pickleball locations, despite ranking only #9 in states by population. 

Pickleball Courts by City

Seattle has the highest number of places to play pickleball with 49 known locations, 32% higher than the next highest total. Denver has the 2nd most places to play pickleball with 37 locations, and Portland is third with 33 locations. 

The table below shows the top 10 cities in the US ranked by the number of places to play pickleball:

List of Top 10 Pickleball Cities by Number of Locations - Pickleball Statistics

City # of Pickleball Locations
Seattle, WA 49
Denver, CO 37
Portland, OR 33
Minneapolis, MN 33
Knoxville, TN 32
Austin, TX 32
Wichita, KS 31
Houston, TX 29
Indianapolis, IN 29
Tucson, AZ 29

It’s no surprise to see Seattle #1 on the list of pickleball cities as pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. 

Recently Austin has emerged as a pickleball hot spot with the Austin Pickle Ranch, one of the largest pickleball facilities in the country set to open next year. 

Pickleball Market Size

Pickleball is becoming a big business. The pickleball paddle market size is currently estimated at $152.8 million in 2022. The pickleball paddle market is forecasted to grow at a 7.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2028. 

Pickleball Market Size - Pickleball Statistics

Source: Market Reports World

Pickleball Tournaments

There are currently 153 pickleball tournaments held per year in the US between the top two pro tours: The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) and the American Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP). 

The total prize pool of pickleball tournaments held in 2022 is on pace to surpass $5.0 million

Pickleball Tournaments Statistics

Source: Selkirk

Pickleball Pro Players 

Below are the current pickleball player rankings as reported by the APP Tour

The top 10 ranked men’s pickleball singles players as of August 2022 are:

The Top 10 Ranked Players - Men’s Singles

Ranking Player Hometown
#1 Jay Devilliers KC
#2 Zane Navratil WI
#3 JW Johnson FL
#4 Ben Johns MD
#5 Dekel Bar MD
#6 Tyson McGuffin ID
#7 Juan Arraya CT
#8 Frank Anthony Davis NJ
#9 Jake Kusmider SC
#10 David Sekel OH

The top 10 ranked women’s pickleball singles players as of August 2022 are:

The Top 10 Ranked Players - Women’s Singles

Ranking Player Hometown
#1 Lea Jansen MI
#2 Megan Hall FL
#3 Michele Esquivel OR
#4 Irina Tereschenko AZ
#5 Lauren Stratman CA
#6 Julie Johnson FL
#7 Catherine Parenteau FL
#8 Vivian David FL
#9 Simone Jardin FL
#10 Olivia McMillian FL

The top 10 ranked men’s pickleball doubles players as of August 2022 are:

The Top 10 Ranked Players - Men’s Doubles

Ranking Player Hometown
#1 Steve Deakin BC
#2 Tyson McGuffin ID
#3 Adam Stone TX
#4 Patrick Smith KS
#5 Jay Devilliers KS
#6 Ben Johns MD
#7 Dekel Bar MD
#8 Riley Newman AZ
#9 Zane Navratil WI
#10 Altaf Merchant OH

The top 10 ranked women’s pickleball doubles players as of August 2022 are:

The Top 10 Ranked Players - Women’s Doubles

Ranking Player Hometown
#1 Andrea Koop MI
#2 Corrine Carr NC
#3 Sarah Ansboury SC
#4 Regina Franco FL
#5 Simone Jardin FL
#6 Irina Tereschenko AZ
#7 Michele Esquivel OR
#8 Jessie Irvine CA
#9 Lauren Stratman CA
#10 Martina Kochli FL

The top 10 ranked pickleball mixed doubles players as of August 2022 are:

The Top 10 Ranked Players - Men’s Mixed Doubles

Ranking Player Hometown
#1 Jay Devilliers KC
#2 Steve Deakin BC
#3 Ben Johns MD
#4 Riley Newman AZ
#5 Patrick Smith KS
#6 Adam Stone TX
#7 Tyson McGuffin ID
#8 Rob Cassidy NY
#9 Kyle Yates FL
#10 Spencer Smith UT

Interest in Pickleball

Interest in pickleball has increased 444% over the past 5 years as measured by Google Trends:

Interest in Pickleball by Google Trends

Utah is the state showing the most interest in pickleball currently. Arizona has the second highest interest in pickleball, followed by Florida in third. 

Interest in Pickleball by Google Trends - Sub-Region

Pickleball Court Dimensions

Pickleball vs Tennis Court Dimensions

Pickleball courts are 44′ x 20′ (including the lines), while a tennis court is 78′ x 27′.

A pickleball net is a 36″ high at the sidelines and 34″ high in the middle, compared to 42″ high at the sidelines and 36″ in the middle for a tennis net.

Conclusion

That’s it for our list of pickleball statistics. 

Hopefully, the facts and figures we’ve shared have helped tell pickleball’s growth story. It will be fun to watch pickleball continue to grow in popularity. 

Now we’d like to hear from you:

Do you think pickleball can maintain its title as America’s fastest-growing sport?

Will it spread worldwide as it has in the US? Will we see pickleball in the Olympics anytime soon? 

Let us know in the comments below!

If you’re interested in getting more in-depth statistics on pickleball, including historical, age, gender, and demographic breakdowns, we highly encourage purchasing the 2022 Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball. We do not receive any commission from purchases of SFIA reports. 

1. SFIA 2022 Single Sport Participation Report on Pickleball

About the author
Brandon Mackie
Brandon is an avid writer and co-founder of Pickleheads™. Once a competitive tennis player, Brandon can now be found these days honing his dinks on pickleball courts near Venice Beach, California.

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