Camping stereotypes have campers pegged as Grizzly Adams type people or retirees in RV’s. Of course, we all know better than to buy into that.
Did you know that almost 43 million Americans went camping last year (Maybe we should be asking who’s not camping)? Basically, that’s about 15% of Americans over 6 years old.
These are just a few of the statistics found in the Outdoor Foundation’s 2012 American Camper Report. The 59 page report is the leading report in the United States tracking camping participation. The study was sponsored by The Coleman Company, Inc and by Kampgrounds of America Inc. See the complete report here.
According to this report, the number of people camping has continued to increase over the past 2 years. Why? We like to think it’s because getting in touch with nature is relaxing and camping itself builds confidence and is a lot of fun.
A representative from America’s State Parks attributes this increase in campers to weather, gas prices and the overall state of the economy.
I still think it’s because camping ROCKS! You know…scientifically speaking.
77% of all campers are married (or living with a domestic partner). Wow, a psychologist could have a field day with that stat. Which came first? Do married people camp because it is a family-oriented activity? Or do people who camp have stronger marriages? This can’t really be inferred from this small amount of data, but it does stand to reason that campers are able to relax around a campfire and blow off steam with different outdoor activities while camping. And let’s not forget, if your marriage can withstand setting up a tent in the rain, forgetting an important piece of gear and finding a solution to the problem…well, your marriage is probably pretty strong.
Primary Type of Camping
Bivy/No shelter 1%
This surprises me. We are tent campers, of course, but when we camp at state parks we are outnumbered substantially by RV campers. I wonder if this number would change if you compared different regions of the country or assessed these numbers state by state.
Type of Camping Location
State Park 47%
National Park or Forest 19%
Locally Owned Private Campground 19%
47% are female. 53% are male
Median age group for campers is 35-44 years (17%).
Median income range is $75,000- $99,999 (15%).
Median Education level is 1-3 years of college (22%).
The majority of campers are caucasian (84%).
Americans camped a total of 534.9 million days in 2011.
In 2011, each camper averaged 12.6 days spent camping. The most cited reasons for reducing the number of camping trips are lack of time due to work and family commitments. I hear a bunch of “Amens” coming across the blogosphere. This question was also posted on A Little Campy’s Facebook page last night and the results from our little poll were definitely consistent with the Outdoor Foundation’s findings.
Again, the statistics in this post were found in the American Camper Report. The opinions about the stats are my own.
To me, these stats could lead to some interesting kitchen table (or around the campfire) discussions. So why wait? I would love to hear your opinion. Do any of these results surprise you? Why do you think these trends are occurring?
I’ll see ya around the campfire.