Sociodemographic: Age

Black Rock City’s population increased by 24% from 2012 to 2013, and experienced a consequent shift in demographics.  Age groupings illustrate the changes below.

Age Group Standards

19 and under







60 and over

After determining the percentages of these groups within our whole community, we saw groups aging over 30 years increase slightly in attendance while younger groups’ attendance decreased. The 40-49 year age group grew the most – this group experienced a 2.12% growth.  The 20-24 year old group experienced an inverse phenomenon.

As the population of Burning Man has increased in age overall, the mode and median have remained consistent by age group, shifting only slightly within designated age groupings.  The mode from both 2012 and 2013 is the 25-29 year age group.  Similarly, the median has remained within the 30-34 year group, increasing from 32.5 to 33.5 years old. With age representing a right skew, the mean age has remained higher than the latter numbers. The average has hovered closer to the 34 and 35 year mark.

AgeGroupWritten by:

Veronica Santistevan

Edited by:

Tabitha Palmer aka Tabicat

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