Sometimes it feels like everyone you know is having their birthday at once, and then you pass months without anyone inviting you out for a birthday drink.
While birthdays are actually pretty evenly spread over the year with a few notable exceptions, it is true that some birthdays are more common than others, and therefore that some zodiac signs are also more common than others.
Considering the difference in personality and temperament of the different signs, this can have quite an influence on what the world around us looks like.
Virgo, Leo, and Cancer are the most common zodiac signs in the U.S. (it does differ between countries), all born in the summer months.
Capricorn, Scorpio, and Aries are the least common signs, with these special and sometimes difficult personalities popping up less often.
But let’s take a closer look at why certain signs are more common than others, and what traits to look out for in our most and least common zodiac signs.
We often joke about September births being Christmas conceptions and the number of babies we expect to see born in 2021, as a result of everyone staying at home. There is some truth to this.
FiveThirtyEight has collected data about birthdays in the United States from 1994-2014 to discover the most common and least common birth dates.
To start, let’s just confirm that birthdays are pretty evenly spread throughout the year, with around 11,000 babies born each day in the United States.
However, more babies tend to be born in the summer months from June to September, and birth rates are particularly high in September, with many days up around the 12,000 mark. September 9th is the most common birthday, with an average of 12,301 babies born on this day.
This indicates that Americans are more actively “making babies” between the months of September and December, when the weather turns cold and there are more holidays. But remember, human babies gestate for closer to ten months than nine.
There are also days on which very few babies are born. Less than 7,000 babies a day tend to be born on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Day.
This is for the very simple reason that parents will often choose to induce labor rather than giving birth on one of these days and have their child share their birthday celebrations with these big holidays for the rest of their lives.
However, this is not the cause for fewer babies being born in December, as babies due on these dates are born on the surrounding days. December 20 consistently sees more than 12,000 babies born. It is that the conceptions aren’t happening in March and April.
Whatever the reason for this, the result is that we get lots of people born in the summer months under the influence of Cancer, Leo, and Virgo, and the least number of people born at the turn on the year, under Capricorn. The next least common signs are Aries (March to April) and Scorpio (October to November).
Most Common Zodiac Signs
The most common zodiac signs within the U.S. population are Virgo, Leo, and Cancer.
Does this mean that people with the personality traits of these signs dominate U.S. culture? Read our brief summary of each of the signs and decide for yourself.
1. Virgo (August 23-September 22)
The stereotype of a typical Virgo is the perfectionist, and that is not far from the mark. They have incredibly high standards, especially for themselves, and they are very hard to please.
Ruled by Mercury, their natural intelligence and determination means that they tend to excel, but even when they are doing incredible things, they always believe that they could have done a little bit more.
An Earth sign, Virgo tends to be highly self-aware, and they know both their value and their weaknesses. This can give them a unique mix of confidence and insecurity, which can put them on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
Not that anyone else would know. Virgos are excellent actors and prefer to hide their true selves behind a perfect suit of armor.
2. Leo (July 23-August 22)
The lion Leo is another highly stereotyped sign, seen as charismatic and confident. Again, there is some truth to this characterization of fiery Leo.
Leos are confident and ambitious, and they also love to be in charge, and be in the spotlight. The warmth and charisma that they usually exude mean that this is often the case.
But Leo also has quite the ego! They believe that they deserve to be at the top of the food chain, and don’t necessarily think that they need to work for it.
Leo can prioritize style over substance, and can seem superficial as they bluff their way through situations. But Leo is also incredibly caring and generous. They are confident enough that they aren’t threatened by the success of others.
3. Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Cancers tend to be the community builders of the zodiac. Family and friends are at the center of their world, and they know how important it is to cherish the people in their lives.
One of the Water signs and ruled by the Moon, they are also highly intuitive. They always seem like they know exactly what to do and say.
Cancer tends to be very emotional and is easily hurt, but they are secretive with their emotions and don’t like to let other people see them.
But while they are very closed themselves, they also tend to be nosy, wanting to know everything that is happening with the people that they care about. But this always comes from a place of love. They are scrupulously honest and treat other people well.
Least Common Zodiac Signs
Is it a coincidence that some of the least common zodiac signs are also among the most challenging?
1. Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
The saying “stubborn as a goat” was probably coined to describe Capricorn, one of the Earth signs represented by this animal.
Capricorns have a strong mind. This lets them dedicate themselves to things and stick things through in a way that others will envy. They have no problem sticking to a diet or a budget.
But this also manifests as plain stubbornness! Capricorn will never drop something, and they hate having to make changes or compromises to accommodate other people.
Capricorn puts themselves first, but they are trustworthy and reliable. They are always as good as their word, because they don’t give it unless they mean it.
2. Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Scorpio is named for a creature with a burning sting, and this can be an accurate description of their sharp and often insensitive tongue.
People born under Scorpio also tend to be downright suspicious. They don’t trust anyone, and they are always on the lookout for evidence that they have been betrayed. Yes, they will probably go through your phone.
But all of this is just Scorpio’s defense mechanisms. One of the water signs, Scorpio is highly emotional and they fear being hurt, so they put up walls to protect themselves.
But underneath all of this is a person who cares deeply, and is courageous. They like to make the decisions, but they will also always take responsibility for the actions and choices.
3. Aries (March 21-April 19)
Aries is represented by the ram, which reflects their stubborn and determined nature. Their attitude towards life is to put their horns down and charge.
Highly ambitious, they are also highly self-involved and tend only to think about themselves and what they need and want. They can inadvertently hurt other people on their way to the top.
One of the fire signs and named for the god of war, they also have a hot temper. When things don’t go their way, expect sparks to fly. They are control freaks.
But Aries is also open-minded and honest, and they will always tell you what they are thinking and feeling. They never play emotional mind games.
What Sign Are You?
Whether you are a rare baby born on Christmas day or you share your birthday with the hoard born on September 9th, remember that you are unique.
While your Sun Sign is one of the best ways to get an overall picture of your horoscope, it is only one of the many elements that make up your natal chart. A complete natal chart will reveal much more about you.
And while your horoscope tells you about your innate personality traits, every person is the result of their own experiences. Every individual is also capable of growing, changing, and evolving in the ways that they wish.
You are so much more than the day that you were born on.