North American Camping Report

This annual research initiative, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America, reports on the behaviors and attitudes of North American campers, including where, how, why and with whom campers camp. Check out the 2019 North American Camping Report to see how camping continues to grow throughout the U.S. and Canada!

Key findings of the 2019 North American Camping Report include:

  • Since 2014, there has been an addition of an estimated 7 million new camper households in the U.S., and the percentage of campers who camp three or more times annually has increased by 72 percent.
  • Half of all campers identified their “love of the outdoors” for sparking their interest in camping.
  • Although young, both millennials and Gen Xers are more likely to identify themselves as lifelong campers when compared to past years.
  • While hiking/backpacking and fishing continue to be the most popular recreation activities among campers, more active recreation continues to grow in popularity.
  • For the first time in the report’s history, in 2018 the percentage of new campers from multicultural groups outpaced the percentage of new caucasian campers.
  • Interest in different types of experiences, including the establishment of “glamping” and “van life,” has helped to further define camping today.
  • In 2018, RV ownership has increased over borrowing or renting.

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The links below are provided should you need to contact a member of the KOA Media Relations Team (use the Media Contact link), download printable photos or graphs from the 2019 North American Camper Report (use the KOA Pressroom link), or desire additional information or facts about Kampgrounds of America (use the KOA Fact Sheets link).