Boating is a popular pastime for many Americans, with annual sales for the boating industry reaching nearly fifty billion in 2020! So, where are all these boats being sold? To answer this question we turned to this visual from SIYachts.com that breaks down the rate of ownership of recreational boats and yachts per capita in each of the U.S. states.
In addition to ranking all fifty states on their rate of boats and yachts, they also analyzed and ranked them based on the distribution of recreational boat registrations by state. Did you know that there are 17 million recreational boats and yachts in the United States? Only 13 million of them are registered though.
The state that was found to have the highest rate of boats per capita is Minnesota with a high rate of 143.6 boats and yachts for every 1,000 people that reside in the state. Minnesota isn’t called the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’ for nothing! As for the state that was found to have the lowest rate of boats and yachts per capita, in a surprising twist the island state of Hawaii takes that title with just 8.5 boats and yachts per 1,000 people. The states in the south western part of the U.S. had some of the lowest rates of recreational boats and yachts per capita, with a majority of them falling below the 20 per 1,000 people rate. Although this comes as no surprise in states like Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada which are facing the most severe drought conditions in the country. Are you one of the many Americans that are lucky enough to own a boat?