The new SIMMONS NATIONAL CONSUMER SURVEY figures are in for year-end 2007 on number of people who bowl at least one time per year.
2007 = 67,136,000 with participation up 1.3%,
2006 = 66,279,000 with participation up 3.5%,
2005 = 64,048,000 with participation down 7.1%
Since 2005 (a down year), participation has increased. We can officially quote 67+ million bowlers annually over 6 years old - keeping bowling the nation's #1 participant sport.