# Overview of Bitcoin Community Survey Feb-Mar 2013

I created this survey on 12 February 2013 using Google Docs. I posted the link on Bitcointalk.org, Reddit, Twitter, and Google+. From there, the survey was reposted on various Bitcoin related sites. I posted preliminary findings to my blog after 102 responses and 533 responses. In both cases, the results sparked more interest and helped garner more responses.

I closed the survey on 4 April after receiving 1,087 responses, so that I could clean up the data definitively. I expect the surge in interest in early April has brought in new users with a different set of demographics and motivations. That should be studied in later surveys, rather than being included in the tail end of this one.

### Analysis of Data

Demographics of Bitcoin part 1 – covering the basics

What do people actually buy with Bitcoins?

### Raw Data

The survey itself is here.

The “live” and most raw version of the data is here.

### Cleaned Data

The cleaned version of the data, still relatively raw (maybe medium rare) with 1,000 responses is here.

Responses which gave a range (“300-500”) were converted to a mean figure (“400”).

Responses which gave a limit figure (“less than 100”, “500+”) were converted to the limit figure (100, 500).

I deleted anyone who had left four “major blanks,” ie they had not responded to four simple, short, numerical/multiple choice questions which applied to everybody.

I deleted anyone who left the age or gender field blank.

I tried to removed highly erroneous answers. There was relatively little trolling in the survey, but there was some. Sometimes I had to make a judgement call, such as with the Russian who claimed to have over a million bitcoins, or the 13-year-old Shinto girl in Angola.

After all that cleaning, there were 1,011 responses left, so for the sake of clean percentages I used the first 1,000.

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