HIPCAMP Happy Campers Survey Results

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The data from the HIPCAMP Happy Campers Survey (Survey of 2,000 Americans) shows, 36% of Americans prefer tent camping over other options. Furthermore, tent camping is nearly 2x as popular as their second favorite option—staying in a cabin (19%). RV camping (12%), glamping (7%), and under the stars without a tent (6%) round out the top 5.

Additionally, 51% of Americans need access to toilets in order to go camping. Toilets are the most important camping amenity, followed by a fire (44%), showers (41%), potable water (31%), and pet-friendly (27%).

Now, let’s rank each state by their love for camping:
(Measured by the percentage of state residents who go camping monthly)

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#1: Hawaii (49%) [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/hawaii] #2: Delaware (48%) [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/delaware] #3: Idaho (47%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/idaho] #4: Montana (45%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/montana] #5: Nebraska (44%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/nebraska] #6: Kansas (43%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/kansas] #7: Arizona (42%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/arizona] #8: Washington (41%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/washington] #9: North Dakota (40%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/north-dakota] #10: Wyoming (40%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/wyoming] #11: Minnesota (37%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/minnesota] #12: Arkansas (37%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/arkansas] #13: Missouri (36%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/missouri] #14: West Virginia (35%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/west-virginia] #15: Mississippi (33%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/mississippi] #16: New Mexico (31%)
[www.hipcamp.com/discover/new-mexico] #17: Wisconsin (31%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/wisconsin] #18: Virginia (31%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/virginia] #19: Tennessee (30%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/tennessee] #20: Indiana (29%) [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/indiana] #21. Florida (29%)[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/florida] #22. Georgia (29%)[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/georgia] #23. Rhode Island (29%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/rhode-island] #24. Michigan (28%)[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/michigan] #25. Pennsylvania (28%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/pennsylvania] #26. Iowa (28%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/iowa] #27. Utah (28%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/utah] #28. Colorado (26%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/colorado] #29. Alaska (25%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/alaska] #30. Connecticut (25%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/connecticut] #31. New Hampshire (25%)[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/new-hampshire] #32. Oklahoma (24%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/oklahoma] #33. New York (24%) [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/new-york] #34. Ohio (24%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/ohio] #35. Massachusetts (23%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/massachusetts] #36. California (23%)[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/california] #37. Maine (23%)[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/maine] #38. Oregon (22%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/oregon] #39. Illinois (22%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/illinois] #40. New Jersey (22%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/new-jersey] #41. Louisiana (21%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/louisiana] #42. South Dakota (20%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover] #43. Alabama (20%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/alabama] #44. North Carolina (18%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/north-carolina] #45. Texas (18%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/texas] #46. Kentucky (16%)  [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/kentucky] #47. South Carolina (13%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/south-carolina] #48. Maryland (8%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/maryland] #49. Nevada (5%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/nevada] #50. Vermont (5%)
[https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/vermont]

More from HIPCAMP’s State of Camping Survey, or, better yet, not so happy camper survey results:

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74% OF Americans camp only once or less per year…

Why is this?

Americans ranked not knowing where to go (24%), not planning far enough ahead (23%) and the cost of campsites (19%) as prohibitive factors.

Even more important, 55% OF Americans recorded having too much trouble getting a campsite.
19% of campers wish there were more available land to camp on, and 15% say they would go camping more if it were easier to secure a campsite.

Now, this could be a cultural factor, but 1 IN 5 Americans reported being frustrated by having to plan in advance to go camping: 21% say that the most aggravating part of camping is having to plan months ahead to get a site, while 16% say there aren’t enough campsite options.

This all boils down to America’s top five campiong frustrations:

#1: Sharing camping space with other people (31%)
#2: Having to plan months ahead to get a site (21%)
#3: There aren’t enough options (16%)
#4: It’s hard to find a campsite that’s not already booked (12%)
#5: There’s no website to find all available campsites (11%)

Of course, HIPCAMP continues to design solutions for making camping an enjoyable experience for all.

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