Number of participants in camping in the United States from 2006 to 2017 (in millions)*

Participants in camping in the U.S. from 2006 to 2017 This statistic shows the number of participants in camping in the United States from 2006 to 2017. In 2017, the number of participants (aged six years and older) in camping amounted to approximately 41.77 million.
Camping

Camping is a popular recreational activity with more than 40 million people partaking in camping activities in the United States each year. This includes people camping with cars and tents, as well as recreational vehicles and backyard camping. Approximately 26 percent of campers (10.66 million participants) were children and adolescents aged between 6 and 17 years. Young adult participants (18 to 24 years) made up about 11.2 percent of all participants.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, consumer spending on camping equipment in the United States was forecasted to reach approximately 1.69 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, while the Outdoor Foundation reported that camping equipment sales in the U.S. totaled 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2011. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association meanwhile stated in its annual Manufacturers Sales by Category Report that camping equipment wholesale sales had a total value of about 2.56 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. The reported figures vary depending on what kind of products and segments the sources include in their estimations.

For 2017, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association estimates that around 505 thousand recreational vehicles (e.g. travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, folding camp trailers, truck campers, motorhomes) will be sold (wholesale shipments) in the United States.
The U.S. recreational vehicle park industry is forecasted to generate almost five billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2015. It is projected that by 2015 there will be around 13,800 establishments in the U.S. RV park industry with total employment reaching 45,700.

Other outdoor activities such as hunting / wildlife viewing and recreational fishing / boating are also popular outdoor activities. Visitation of national / public parks is also often combined with one or more of the activities mentioned above.
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Number of participants in millions
200643.12
200741.69
200844.66
200946.23
201042.3
201144.76
201240.52
201340.09
201440.5
201540.02
201640.52
201741.77
Number of participants in millions
200643.12
200741.69
200844.66
200946.23
201042.3
201144.76
201240.52
201340.09
201440.5
201540.02
201640.52
201741.77
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This statistic shows the number of participants in camping in the United States from 2006 to 2017. In 2017, the number of participants (aged six years and older) in camping amounted to approximately 41.77 million.
Camping

Camping is a popular recreational activity with more than 40 million people partaking in camping activities in the United States each year. This includes people camping with cars and tents, as well as recreational vehicles and backyard camping. Approximately 26 percent of campers (10.66 million participants) were children and adolescents aged between 6 and 17 years. Young adult participants (18 to 24 years) made up about 11.2 percent of all participants.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, consumer spending on camping equipment in the United States was forecasted to reach approximately 1.69 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, while the Outdoor Foundation reported that camping equipment sales in the U.S. totaled 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2011. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association meanwhile stated in its annual Manufacturers Sales by Category Report that camping equipment wholesale sales had a total value of about 2.56 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. The reported figures vary depending on what kind of products and segments the sources include in their estimations.

For 2017, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association estimates that around 505 thousand recreational vehicles (e.g. travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, folding camp trailers, truck campers, motorhomes) will be sold (wholesale shipments) in the United States.
The U.S. recreational vehicle park industry is forecasted to generate almost five billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2015. It is projected that by 2015 there will be around 13,800 establishments in the U.S. RV park industry with total employment reaching 45,700.

Other outdoor activities such as hunting / wildlife viewing and recreational fishing / boating are also popular outdoor activities. Visitation of national / public parks is also often combined with one or more of the activities mentioned above.
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Release date
July 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2006 to 2017
Number of respondents
30,999 respondents
Age group
6 years and older
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
* A weighting technique was used to balance the data to reflect the total U.S. population ages six and above.
A participant is defined as an individual who took part in the activity at least once in the given year.
Car, backyard and recreational vehicle camping.
Number of survey participants: 40,141 (2009) / 38,742 (2010) / 38,172 (2011) / 42,363 (2012) / 19,240 (2013) / 10,778 (2014) / 32,658 (2015) / 24,134 (2016); Information on survey dates for 2006 to 2008 were not given.
Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.
Figures prior to 2017 were taken from previous reports.

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