North American Camping Report

The 2021 North American Camping Report is now available. This industry-leading, annual research initiative details the camping habits and preferences of North America’s campers. This year, the report takes a close look at how COVID-19 effected the camping industry.

2021 Annual North American Camping Report

COVID-19 proved a key driver behind the influx of many camping attributes. More than 70% of North American campers changed their camping habits in 2020 and RV ownership is up in both the U.S and Canada. In the U.S., the proportion of campers who camped for the first-time in 2020 was five times greater than what was observed in 2019. Across North America, all campers are showing optimism for increased camping in 2021 and look forward to trying new camping experiences like RVing and/or glamping.

Key findings of the 2021 North American Camping Report:

  • In 2020, there were more than 94.5 million camper households throughout North America.
  • In the U.S., 48.2 million households camped at least once in 2020, including 10.1 million households that camped for the first-time.
  • Campers are more diverse than ever. In fact, a full 60% of first-time campers in 2020 are from non-white groups, the highest rate since the inception of this report.
  • Interest in RVs and the RV lifestyle is at an all-time high. Continuing a growing trend, more people identify as RV campers and more people are interested in buying or upgrading their RV in 2021.
  • As the world continues to deal with COVID-19 into 2021, North American campers intend to increase their trips in the coming year.

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