BRC Census Population Analysis, 2013-2019

Transportation

Travel Dates, Length of Stay, and Ports of Travel


Travel Dates

Arrival Date to Black Rock City

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

* Pre-event arrival data from the 2013 online survey have been removed because the survey question in 2013 was less precise than it was in later years, so the 2013 pre-event data is not directly comparable.

** In 2013 and 2014 Burning Man's official opening date fell on a Monday, so for these years Sunday arrivals should be considered pre-event. From 2015-18 Burning Man opened on a Sunday, so for these years Sunday arrivals should not be considered pre-event arrivals.

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Thurs (Pre-Event) or Earlier* NA NA   18.0 0.8   11.7 0.8   13.1 0.8   14.6 0.8   18.3 0.8   22.0 1.0
Fri (Pre-Event)* NA NA   9.6 0.6   8.7 0.6   8.3 0.6   10.0 0.6   10.3 0.6   11.9 0.8
Sat (Pre-Event)* NA NA   12.3 0.6   8.1 0.6   10.4 0.8   10.2 0.6   10.7 0.8   11.9 0.8
Sun** NA NA   26.9 0.8   41.7 1.2   41.4 1.4   39.9 1.4   35.6 1.4   31.9 1.4
Mon 31.0 1.0   9.3 0.6   16.4 1.0   13.1 1.0   13.1 1.0   13.8 1.0   12.4 1.0
Tue 10.7 0.6   15.6 0.8   6.7 0.6   6.6 0.8   6.8 0.8   5.6 0.6   5.2 0.6
Wed 8.0 0.6   6.2 0.4   4.8 0.6   5.1 0.6   3.0 0.4   4.1 0.6   3.1 0.4
Thu 2.9 0.4   1.7 0.2   1.5 0.2   1.4 0.4   2.0 0.4   1.1 0.2   0.9 0.2
Fri 0.6 0.2   0.4 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.4 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.2 0.2   0.3 0.2
Sat 0.0 0.0   0.1 0.0   0.1 0.0   0.1 0.2   0.0 0.0   0.1 0.0   0.2 0.2
Sun or Later 0.0 0.0   0.0 0.0   0.0 0.0   0.1 0.2   0.2 0.2   0.1 0.0   0.2 0.2

Travel Dates

Departure Date from Black Rock City

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

* In 2013 and 2014 Burning Man's official opening date fell on a Monday, so for these years Sunday departures should be considered pre-event. From 2015-18 Burning Man opened on a Sunday, so for these years Sunday arrivals should not be considered pre-event departures.

** Post-event departure data from the 2013 online survey have been removed because the survey question in 2013 was less precise than it was in later years, so the 2013 pre-event data is not directly comparable.

2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Pre-Event 0.2 0.0   0.1 0.0   0.1 0.0   0.2 0.2   0.2 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.3 0.2
Sun* 0.6 0.2   0.5 0.2   0.8 0.2   3.1 0.4   3.2 0.4   2.9 0.4   3.0 0.4
Mon* 1.7 0.2   0.6 0.2   1.0 0.2   6.3 0.6   5.8 0.6   6.4 0.6   6.6 0.6
Tue 0.4 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.3 0.2   1.3 0.2   1.7 0.4   2.0 0.4   2.2 0.4
Wed 0.1 0.0   0.2 0.2   0.4 0.2   0.4 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.6 0.2
Thu 0.5 0.2   0.6 0.2   0.5 0.2   0.8 0.2   0.8 0.2   0.6 0.2   0.8 0.2
Fri 1.5 0.2   1.6 0.2   2.0 0.4   1.9 0.4   1.8 0.4   2.0 0.4   2.2 0.4
Sat (Man Burn) 7.4 0.6   8.6 0.6   7.5 0.6   7.4 0.8   9.2 0.8   8.3 0.8   8.5 0.8
Sun (Post-Burn) 49.1 1.0   38.0 1.0   38.0 1.2   33.1 1.4   33.8 1.4   31.0 1.2   32.3 1.2
Mon (Post-Burn) 38.6 1.0   33.2 1.0   38.1 1.2   35.4 1.4   32.5 1.4   33.3 1.2   30.4 1.2
Tue (Post-Event)** NA NA   13.1 0.8   9.2 0.6   8.5 0.8   8.8 0.8   10.2 0.8   10.4 0.8
After Tue (Post-Event)** NA NA   3.1 0.4   2.0 0.4   1.6 0.2   1.8 0.4   2.7 0.4   2.8 0.4

Length of Stay*

Length of Stay*

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

* While the Burning Man event lasts only 8 days, some staff, volunteers, and artists arrive before Gate opens to build the city and the art, and some stay after for the playa restoration process.

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
1-2 Days 1.1 0.2   5.9 0.8   4.7 0.6   4.7 0.6   4.2 0.6
3-4 Days 2.2 0.4   4.7 0.6   5.3 0.6   4.9 0.6   5.5 0.6
5-6 Days 12.4 0.8   13.4 1.0   12.5 1.0   12.1 0.8   12.1 0.8
7-8 Days 37.2 1.2   32.2 1.4   33.6 1.4   31.7 1.2   30.0 1.2
9-10 Days 30.4 1.2   28.9 1.4   27.9 1.2   26.8 1.2   25.9 1.2
11-12 Days 9.6 0.6   8.4 0.6   9.3 0.6   10.7 0.6   11.9 0.8
12+ Days 7.0 0.6   6.4 0.6   6.8 0.6   9.1 0.6   10.4 0.8

Ports of Travel

Common Airports Visited en Route to BRC

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 +/- %
Did Not Fly 72.6 0.8   66.7 1.2   65.4 1.4   62.1 1.4   70.4 1.2   69.1 1.2
Reno 9.7 0.6   13.2 0.8   13.5 1.0   13.4 1.0   11.4 0.8   12.7 0.8
San Francisco 9.1 0.6   10.1 0.8   11.4 1.0   12.8 1.0   9.0 0.8   8.7 0.8
Los Angeles 2.5 0.4   3.8 0.6   2.4 0.6   3.2 0.6   2.0 0.4   2.4 0.4
Sacramento 1.0 0.2   1.2 0.2   1.1 0.2   1.2 0.4   1.3 0.4   1.9 0.4
Other 2.3 0.2   3.1 0.4   2.8 0.4   3.8 0.6   2.4 0.4   1.7 0.4
Las Vegas 1.4 0.2   1.5 0.4   1.7 0.4   1.2 0.4   1.6 0.4   1.2 0.4
BRC 0.9 0.2   0.0 0.0   1.1 0.4   1.6 0.4   1.1 0.2   1.1 0.4
Salt_Lake_City NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   NA NA   0.8 0.2
Oakland 0.4 0.2   0.4 0.2   0.5 0.2   0.8 0.2   0.8 0.2   0.5 0.2

Ports of Travel

Port of Entry into BRC

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

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Gate 91.5 0.8   89.6 0.8   85.9 1.0   86.6 1.0   86.9 2.0
Burner Express Bus 6.0 0.6   7.6 0.8   10.7 1.0   10.3 0.8   9.5 0.8
Point 1 1.1 0.2   0.9 0.2   1.0 0.2   1.5 0.2   2.0 0.4
Airport 0.8 0.2   1.1 0.4   1.6 0.4   1.1 0.2   0.9 0.2
Other 0.3 0.2   0.6 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.4 0.2
Other Shuttle 0.3 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.5 0.2   0.3 0.2   0.2 0.2

Ports of Travel

Port of Departure from BRC*

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

* This question was first introduced in the 2018 online survey.

2018   2019
Percent MoE +/- %   Percent MoE +/- %
Gate (Same Vehicle) 78.0 1.0   76.6 1.2
Gate (Different Vehicle) 10.2 0.8   10.3 0.8
Burner Express Bus 8.4 0.8   9.5 0.8
Point 1 1.8 0.4   2.0 0.4
Airport 1.0 0.2   0.9 0.2
Other 0.3 0.2   0.4 0.2
Other Shuttle 0.3 0.2   0.2 0.2

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