Camping is becoming more and more popular, gaining prevalence in current and previous years. In America alone, 86.1 million U.S. households recognized themselves as campers in 2020. In 2021, a whopping 56 million households camped or have camped previously, with an additional 9.2 million households having made a camping debut.
Statistics show that demographics correlate with camping experience. 63% of Caucasians deem themselves ‘experience campers’ along with 13% of Hispanics and Latinos, 12% of Black Americans, 7% of Asians and Pacific Islanders, and 5% of other unlisted races. Among inexperienced campers who made their camping debut in 2020, 60% of first-time campers were not Caucasian, with 24% being Black, 15% being Hispanic or Latino, 14% being Asian or Pacific Islander, and 8% identifying with an unlisted race.
The popularity of camping also has correlations by generation. 44% of Millennials have camped throughout their lives, among members of Gen X 46%, and 44% of Baby Boomers are lifelong campers. These correlations extend into introductions to camping. In 2020 alone 26% of Millennials compared for the first time, 22% of Gen X, and 15% of Baby Boomers spent their first night outdoors.
Spending time outside has been proven to decrease stress levels, better cognitive function, boost memory, and promote a more well-rounded being. Vacation in the great outdoors and join the camping movement as more Americans reap the benefits mother nature has to offer.