Where does everyone come from?!?

People come from all over the world just to be at Burning Man! I’m sure you are aware of this as you probably meet people from so many different places when you come to the event. We thought it would be interesting to show you the data we collected from 2012 showing where people came from. Check it out! We wonder what the data will look like for this year??? We will just have to wait and see!

graph reside in foreign country

In 2012, 76% of people reported that they traveled to Burning Man from somewhere in the United States. Check out the map below to see all the different areas people came from in the US.

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The other 24% of people reported that they traveled all the way to Burning Man from a foreign country in 2012.

ppl who reside in foreign country

world map where ppl come from

BRC Residency Chart

Burning Man welcomes people from all over the world and it is so incredible to have everyone come together as one!

Results from the 2012 Black Rock City Census!

We are so excited for this year’s burn! In about 10 days, we will begin distributing the 2013 Black Rock City Census! Before we do, we want to share the results from the 2012 Census with you. We can’t believe it’s almost been a year! Check out what we discovered about people who attended Burning Man in 2012, you might be surprised by some of the results!

36% of people reported that they were Virgins in 2012.

how many virgins

number of burns before 2012

In 2012, about 25% of people waited less than an hour to get into Black Rock City, 22% of people waited 2 to 4 hours, and 21% of people waited 1 to 2 hours. 15% reported they waited over 8 hours! It’s a long time to wait, but the experiences you have at Burning Man make it all worth it!

hours to wait in line

Results showed that about 61% of participants were men, about 38% were women, and less than 1% reported their gender as fluid.


Age groups  were all adequately represented. Biggest age group was 25 – 29 year olds, followed by 30 – 34 years olds.

age groups

68% of people who came to Burning Man in 2012 reported that they do not consider themselves to be married, while 24% do.


88% of people from 2012 said that they voted in at least 1 of the 4 last elections.


Democrats and Independents were slightly over represented, while republicans were slightly under represented.

political affiliation

Approximately 40% of people reported that they have completed an undergrad program.


53.3% of people from the 2012 Census reported that they are spiritual, but not religious.


Most people reported that they are attracted to only the opposite sex or mostly the opposite sex.

sexually attracted to

The graph below shows the percentage of people who reported how important various ideals were to them based on many of the Burning Man Principles. It seems that self-direction, benevolence, universalism, and stimulation are all important to most people who attended Burning Man in 2012.

importance of principles

Hope you all enjoyed looking at some of the data from 2012! We enjoyed sharing it with you! Stay tuned for more updates about the 2013 Census.


Black Rock City Census Team