Participants in camping in the U.S. from 2006 to 2018

This statistic shows the number of participants in camping in the United States from 2006 to 2018. In 2018, the number of participants (aged six years and older) in camping amounted to approximately 41.67 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 (10.56 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 2.2.66 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The reported figures vary depending on what kind of products and segments the sources include in their estimations.

For 2018, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association estimates that around 480 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.

Number of participants in camping in the United States from 2006 to 2018

Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2018

Number of respondents

20,069 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.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Single Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 / Month *
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract; Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "National park tourism in the U.S."

Further Content: You might find this interesting as well

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.