Body Piercing Statistics
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Source: Northwestern University, Body Piercing In England
Research Date: March 17th, 2015

Questions: What percent of the population have a body piercing? What is the most common body piercing location? Statistics on body piercing. What percent of the population have their ears pierced.

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Body Piercing StatisticsPercent
Percent of Americans who have a body piercing other than ear lobe14 %
Percent of pierced population that are women72 %
Percent of Americans who have had their earlobes pierced83 %
Most Popular Piercing Location For Women 
Naval33 %
Nose19 %
Ear (other than lobe)13 %
Tongue9.5 %
Nipple9 %
Eyebrow8 %
Lip4 %
Genitals2 %
Most Popular Piercing Location For Men 
Nipple18 %
Eyebrow17.5 %
Ear (other than lobe)17 %
Tongue16 %
Nose15 %
Lip13 %
Genitals3 %
Piercing Complication Statistics 
Percent of piercing’s that had complications31 %
Percent of piercing’s where professional help was needed15.2 %
Percent of piercing’s that required hospitalization0.9 %
Piercing Statistics 
Oldest earrings found in a grave2500 BC
Percent of the English population who have a piercing somewhere other than their earlobe10 %
Women in England age 16-24 who have a piercing somewhere other than their earlobe46.2 %
Record for most body piercing’s – Elaine Davidson of Scotland6,005

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