BRC Census Population Analysis, 2013-2019

Life in BRC

Camp Location, Camp Size, Family, Minors, and RV/Camper Use


Camp Location

Camp Location Preassignment

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Not Assigned by Placement 40.5 1.0   31.4 1.0   33.0 1.2   29.6 1.4   26.7 1.2   24.4 1.2   17.8 1.0
Assigned by Placement 54.3 1.0   64.0 1.0   61.4 1.2   64.3 1.4   67.4 1.4   70.8 1.2   78.3 1.2
Unknown 5.1 0.4   4.6 0.4   5.6 0.6   6.1 0.8   5.9 0.8   4.7 0.6   3.8 0.6

Camp Location

Camp Location Factors*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Participants selected up to three option(s) that applied. Data in the plot above and table below represent participants who indicated a camp location that was not pre-assigned by the Buring Man Placement Team.

** "Access to work/volunteer group" was included as an option in the 2014 online survey, but not in later years' surveys.

2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Space Available 27.2 1.0   54.9 2.0   52.6 2.5   54.2 2.5   54.9 2.5   52.5 2.9
Friends’ Choice 40.3 1.0   39.8 2.0   35.0 2.4   33.1 2.4   34.5 2.5   31.2 2.7
Quiet 14.0 0.8   20.8 1.6   27.5 2.2   26.4 2.4   25.9 2.4   29.0 2.7
Same as Last Year 26.9 1.0   17.2 1.6   18.2 1.8   17.7 2.0   19.1 2.0   21.6 2.4
Nice Neighbors 16.3 0.8   16.8 1.6   18.2 2.0   14.0 1.8   16.3 2.0   16.5 2.2
Nearby Attractions 16.3 0.8   14.6 1.4   12.6 1.8   11.1 1.6   10.9 1.6   11.0 2.0
Favorable Playa Surface Conditions 8.5 0.6   9.0 1.2   7.5 1.2   5.4 1.2   5.0 1.2   7.2 1.6
Unknown 9.6 0.6   3.7 0.8   4.8 1.2   5.6 1.2   4.5 1.2   5.9 1.6
Different than Last Year 5.3 0.4   4.3 0.8   3.4 0.8   3.4 1.0   4.2 1.0   4.2 1.2
Access to All-Night Parties 3.6 0.4   3.0 0.8   2.0 0.8   1.3 0.6   1.7 0.8   2.3 1.2
Access to Work/Volunteer Team** 11.6 0.8   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA

Camp Size

Total Number of People in Camp*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* The exact wording of the question in the online survey was, "How many people were in your camp (total, including you)?"

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
1 2.2 0.2   1.3 0.2   1.8 0.4   2.0 0.4   2.1 0.4   2.3 0.4   1.6 0.4
2 6.9 0.6   5.6 0.4   6.8 0.6   7.7 0.8   6.4 0.6   5.5 0.6   5.1 0.6
3-5 9.7 0.6   8.8 0.6   8.0 0.6   7.8 0.8   7.5 0.8   6.8 0.8   5.3 0.6
6-9 9.3 0.6   8.5 0.6   8.5 0.8   6.6 0.8   7.2 0.8   6.6 0.6   5.0 0.6
10-19 17.7 0.8   16.6 0.8   16.4 1.0   15.3 1.0   13.5 1.0   14.0 1.0   14.0 1.0
20-29 12.8 0.6   13.9 0.6   12.8 0.8   13.0 1.0   11.8 0.8   12.9 0.8   14.7 1.0
30-49 16.5 0.8   17.3 0.8   17.8 1.0   17.4 1.0   17.9 1.0   17.5 1.0   19.9 1.0
50-99 13.2 0.6   15.1 0.8   14.3 0.8   17.3 1.0   17.0 1.0   16.8 1.0   18.7 1.0
100-199 8.7 0.6   9.0 0.6   10.1 0.8   9.8 0.8   12.1 1.0   12.9 0.8   11.6 0.8
200+ 3.2 0.4   4.0 0.4   3.6 0.4   3.1 0.4   4.4 0.6   4.5 0.6   4.0 0.6

Family in Black Rock City

Total Number of Family Members in BRC This Year*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* The exact wording of the question in the online survey was,"How many of your family members were in Black Rock City this year? (e.g. relatives, spouses, offspring, in-laws)"

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
0 66.0 1.0   65.4 1.0   69.1 1.2   67.5 1.4   66.9 1.2   66.1 1.2   64.4 1.2
1 23.1 0.8   22.9 0.8   21.6 1.0   22.8 1.2   22.8 1.2   23.7 1.2   25.0 1.2
2 5.7 0.4   6.2 0.6   5.0 0.6   4.9 0.6   5.8 0.6   5.2 0.6   5.7 0.6
3 2.5 0.4   2.8 0.4   2.2 0.4   2.7 0.4   2.3 0.4   2.7 0.4   2.7 0.4
4+ 2.7 0.4   2.7 0.4   2.2 0.4   2.2 0.4   2.2 0.4   2.5 0.4   2.3 0.4

Minors in Black Rock City

Perspectives on Bringing Minors to Black Rock City

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Have and Would Again 3.9 0.4   2.5 0.4   3.1 0.4   3.1 0.4   3.0 0.4   3.7 0.4
Have Not But Would 59.4 1.0   63.8 1.2   57.5 1.4   61.2 1.4   61.7 1.2   61.5 1.2
Have Not and Would Not 36.4 1.0   33.6 1.2   39.3 1.4   35.6 1.4   35.1 1.2   34.6 1.2
Have But Would Not Again 0.4 0.2   0.1 0.0   0.1 0.2   0.1 0.0   0.2 0.2   0.2 0.2

Minors in Black Rock City

Perspectives on Restricting Minors from Black Rock City

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Event Should Remain All-Ages 63.4 1.4   68.4 1.2   69.8 1.2   70.4 1.2
No Opinion 18.9 1.2   18.0 1.0   18.0 1.0   16.8 1.0
Event Should be 18+ 17.6 1.0   13.5 1.0   12.2 0.8   12.8 1.0

RV/Camper Use

Participant Indication of Camper/RV Use in BRC

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
No 70.4 1.0   70.7 1.0   73.3 1.0   71.5 1.2   72.3 1.2   71.2 1.2   70.4 1.2
Yes 28.8 1.0   28.6 1.0   26.3 1.0   28.4 1.2   27.4 1.2   28.6 1.2   29.4 1.2
Not Sure 0.8 0.2   0.7 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.1 0.0   0.3 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.2 0.2

RV/Camper Use

Participant Indication of Camper/RV Service in BRC*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Data presented in the plot above and table below represent responses from participants indicating RV/trailer use during Burning Man in a given year.

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Not Serviced 61.7 2.2   57.2 2.5   60.7 2.5   56.6 2.4   54.8 2.4
Yes, Serviced 36.2 2.2   40.8 2.5   37.4 2.5   41.4 2.4   43.1 2.4
Not Sure 2.0 0.6   2.0 1.0   2.0 1.0   2.0 0.8   2.0 0.8

RV/Camper Use

Number of Adults in RV/Camper*

Error bars indicate the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals.

* Data presented in the plot above and table below are for participants indicating RV/trailer use during Burning Man in a given year.

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
1 8.0 1.2   8.8 1.4   8.7 1.2   9.7 1.2   10.0 1.4
2 42.1 2.2   42.0 2.5   46.1 2.5   47.4 2.4   47.6 2.4
3 14.3 1.6   17.0 2.0   16.5 2.0   15.1 1.8   15.1 1.8
4 15.9 1.8   14.8 2.0   14.1 2.0   14.6 2.0   15.6 1.8
5 10.2 1.4   8.8 1.8   5.7 1.4   7.4 1.4   5.6 1.2
6 4.9 1.0   4.3 1.2   5.0 1.4   3.5 1.0   3.9 1.0
7 2.0 0.8   2.0 0.8   1.3 0.6   0.6 0.4   1.1 0.6
8 1.6 0.8   1.3 0.8   0.8 0.6   1.0 0.6   0.6 0.4
9 0.2 0.2   0.2 0.2   0.2 0.2   0.1 0.2   0.3 0.2
10+ 0.9 0.4   0.8 0.6   1.5 0.8   0.6 0.4   0.2 0.2

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