Some interesting Burning Man statistics from Lisa Schmeiser’s blog on SFGate:
I was looking at the fantastic infographic “This is Burning Man,” which charts all sorts of data related to the shindig on the playa. Fun facts: tickets to Burning Man cost $200 in 2000, and 25,400 people showed up. Last year, tickets ran between $210-360, and 43,435 people attended.
(For those wondering about the disparity in ticket prices, Burning Man operates several tiers of ticket prices, each with a set of limitation and/or ways to purchase them. $200 tickets are below-cost tickets; the higher-tier tickets underwrite some of these costs.)
What is heartening about these stats: bottom-tier ticket prices have stayed level over nine years despite an estimated 24.6% rise in inflation during that time. Attendance increased by 71%. This has helped the festival keep pace with rising costs, which went from $5.2 million in 2001 to $12.3 million last year.
2009 was the year “staycation” thudded into the mainstream press as a euphemism for “too broke to travel,” AND the year that Burning Man attendance dipped 12% from its 2008 high. This year is the year that tourism bureaus have embraced the portmanteau word. And while San Francisco loves to travel — we’re #2 in the country with average expenditures of $3460 — might this year be the year that Burning Man gets hit by a sustained spirit of frugality?
Not bloody likely. One of the prevailing sentiments behind Burning Man has been to make or build everything yourself, salvage and repurpose materials and get creative without spending a mint. Hit the Burning Man community discussion board and you’ll find threads on doing Burning Man on a budget and Burning Man Essentials on a $300-400 budget. Surf through the rest of the board and plenty of people talk about how they swing a four-figure trip to the playa every year. For attendees who are already practicing several thrifty habits — reusing resources, budgeting ahead — the biggest impact the recession might have is an inability to get time off work for the festival…
[continues at SFGate]