Demographically speaking...

American Mensa members are, as a group, diverse in their ages, interests and stages of life, but they do have a few things in common.

  • First, Mensa members are, overall, highly educated with strong incomes and influential occupations.
  • They are lifelong learners. New topics, new experiences and new resources are important to them as these are the things that challenge and inspire them.
  • They’re bright as well. They’ve scored in the top 2 percent on a standardized intelligence test, which means they are likely to evaluate and make decisions quickly.
  • They are curious and many are highly social. When they encounter new things, they ask lots of questions and share their discoveries with friends and colleagues.

Mensa members by age

The youngest Mensan is 2 years old; the oldest is 102 years old. Approximately 38 percent are Baby Boomers between the ages of 51 and 68. Thirty-one percent are Gen-Xers between the ages of 27 and 48. More than 2,600 members are under the age of 18.

Mensa members by gender

The general membership is 66 percent male, 33 percent female. The leadership — both national and local officers — is 50 percent male, 50 percent female.

Mensa members by occupation

The diversity of Mensa's membership is best described by the various ways they earn their livings. These are just a few of Mensa's occupations.

Database administrator

Police officer
Postal worker

Rocket scientist
Taxi driver

Mensa families

There are more than 1,800 families with two or more Mensa members.

American Mensan facts

53,414 members responded to the questionnaire from which these questions were culled.

32,402 have college degrees.
5,330 indicate an interest in travel.
2,694 indicate an interest in cooking.
2,485 indicate an interest in humor.
2,132 indicate an interest in golf.
1,943 indicate an interest in crossword puzzles.
1,749 indicate an interest in football.
1,187 indicate an interest in SCUBA diving.
397 indicate an interest in fashion.

All six generations of members rank computers or computer gaming as one of their top three interests, and the oldest four generations (Depression, Silent, Baby Boom and GenX) also list travel as a top-three interest. One generation — Millennials — ranks both computers and computer gaming in their top three interests.

Ten largest Local Groups

(based on Sept. 2015 membership figures)
  1. Greater New York Mensa (2,107)
  2. Metropolitan Washington Mensa (2,013)
  3. Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa (1,913)
  4. San Francisco Regional Mensa (1,851)
  5. Chicago Area Mensa (1,783)
  6. Gulf Coast Mensa (1,205)
  7. North Texas Mensa (1,192)
  8. Mensa In Georgia (1,181)
  9. Mensa of Western Washington (1,135)
  10. Boston Mensa (1,122)