Number of participants in camping in the United States from 2006 to 2016 (in millions)*

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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

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This statistic shows the number of participants in camping in the United States from 2006 to 2016. In 2016, the number of participants (aged six years and older) in camping amounted to approximately 40.52 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 27 percent of campers (10.86 million participants) were children and adolescents aged between 6 and 17 years. Young adult participants (18 to 24 years) made up about 10.3 percent of all participants.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, consumer spending on camping equipment in the United States was estimated at almost 1.9 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, 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 2.35 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. The reported figures vary depending on what kind of products and segments the sources include in their estimations.

For 2015, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association estimates that around 374 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
August 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2006 to 2016
Number of respondents
24,134 (11,453 individual & 12,681 household surveys)
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); 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 2016 were taken from previous reports.

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