Issues With Estimation
Estimating just how many minor attracted people there are in the world is just that: An estimate. As with most mental health issues, it is extremely difficult to determine how many people have any given condition with exact numbers. Most minor attracted people are not willing to come forward for research due to the intense stigma and fear that doing so will have negative consequences.
Minor Attraction Prevalence
Prevalence for minor attraction as a whole is unclear. Dr. Michael Seto in his 2008 book, Pedophilia And Sexual Offending Against Children: Theory, Assessment And Intervention, put the upper cap for pedophilia prevalence at 5% for males and 4% for females where his 2013 book revised that limit to 3% and his second edition, released in 2018, revised that to 1% for males only. It may take some time before research finds a clear answer to the prevalence of minor attraction.
To date, there is only one study with a reliable sample size – that has some methodology issues – that gives insight into the proportion of minor attracted people who commit sexual crimes, vs the existing research which tends to study forensic populations rather than non-forensic populations. This study is: