American Camper Report 2016

October 12, 2016

Examining camping trends throughout the United States

Forty million Americans, or 14 percent of the population over age six, camped at least once in 2015. While the activity lost 500,000 participants, the participation rate remained steady. In fact, participation in camping has remained steady at 14 percent since 2012. In total, participants camped 587.2 million days, or an average of 14.7 days per camper. This was an increase from 2014 when campers logged 572.4 million days, or an average of 14.1 days per camper.

As seen in previous reports, the majority of camping participants were Caucasian and skewed slightly male with an average age of 35. While participation was spread fairly evenly across the nation, the Mountain Region – which stretches from Montana down to Arizona and New Mexico – had a slightly higher participation rate than the other regions in the United States.

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