What Percent of People Are Attractive?
It would take too many research and calculation in order to answer this question in a comprehensive and accurate manner.
So allow me to answer this objectively, but for a limited scope of:
- only the height trait of attractiveness
- only male
- only in United States
- only those aged 20–29
- using publicly available data from 2007–2008
Since even height is a measurable trait of attractiveness, just how tall a man should be in order to qualify as “attractive” is still subjective to some extent. But let’s say he has to be at least 6 feet tall (182 cm). Note you can still use this methodology to change the “minimum height threshold parameter” and you’ll get a valid result for your chosen threshold.
Let’s see the data from US Census Bureau 2011:
So males under 6′ tall make up 79.9% of the US population aged 20–29 years old.
Which means there are 20.1% potentially attractive males, based on height alone.
Sorry that I still haven’t provided a definite answer, but at least I have narrowed it down: Attractive males make up less than 20.1% of the US population.
Now all you have to do is narrow it further for other traits: weight, wealth, facial features, and so on. The percentage would decrease even more for each trait you add. Some of the traits would have extremely high variation of subjectivity that you’d need to create different versions of your study for each target audience. For example: political orientation, religion.
So that’s the numbers.
My opinion? I myself don’t need to know the exact number. I am satisfied with a fuzzy answer of “very few” which is accurate enough for some of the objective traits and given the high variation of subjective traits.
So, armed with this newfound knowledge, what would you do about it?