Census Bureau Shares RV Data

Given the popularity of RVs in 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau produced this data-filled report on the industry.

Author Foster Huntington, who launched a millennial nomadic movement with his #vanlife Instagram account chronicling his travel experiences living in a van, is credited with coining the term “Home is Where You Park It.”

Scores of Americans have embraced his philosophy, hitting the road in RVs, many of them with bumper stickers quoting his mantra and garden flags that decorate their RVs and campsites. But is this a recent fad? Is the boom just a blip for the RV industry?

In a word – no. The U.S. RV industry has been steadily growing for years.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 Economic Census, the nation’s 2,667 RV Dealers (NAICS 44121) generated $25.9 billion in sales in 2017 (the latest data available), up 81.5 percent from the $14.2 billion in sales in 2012.

In 2017, RV dealers generated an average of $9.7 million in sales, $571,822 in average sales per employee, and $11.80 in sales for every dollar in annual payroll for employees.

Click here to read the full report from Andrew W. Hait of the U.S. Census Bureau, writing in the Salina Post.

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