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What are the statistics on body piercing?

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According to Statistic Brain, as of 2014, 83 percent of Americans have their earlobes pierced, but only 14 percent of Americans have a piercing somewhere other than the earlobe. Because 72 percent of those with any body piercings are women, the majority of those with pierced ears are also women.

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The most popular non-earlobe sites for piercings among women are the navel, at 33 percent; the nose, at 19 percent; and the ear, other than on the lobe, at 13 percent. Men prefer their piercings on the nipple, at 18 percent; the eyebrow, at 17.5 percent; and the ear, other than on the lobe, at 17 percent. The least popular body site for piercing for both men and women is the genitals.

Thirty-one percent of people who have body piercings experienced complications with the piercings, and 15.2 percent of the time, professional help was needed to deal with those complications. Only 0.9 percent of the complications required hospitalization.

Piercing statistics in the United Kingdom are slightly lower than those in the United States, with 10 percent of the British population having a piercing somewhere other than the earlobe. In the United Kingdom, 46.2 percent of women between the ages of 16 and 24 have a piercing in a location other than the earlobe.

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