Most new climbers are climbing sport or bouldering, according to this article. It’s easy to see why. There are some good tips here for leading climbs as well as a discussion of the number of rock climbers.
“Trad climbing has lost some of its appeal, or is a smaller blip on the radar. I still know plenty of folks that prefer trad, but there was a day when there was only trad. Trad climbing may be analogous to a lost culture. In fact, it is a culture within a culture, and as with the loss of any culture, it’s inevitable that knowledge specific to that culture is also lost.”