Camino statistics for last year’s pilgrims have just been released regarding age, gender, country of origin, starting point, etc. I found it pretty interesting!
- At 40, I’ll be in the majority: 57% are between 30-60 years old
- As a woman, I’ll be in the minority: 43%
- As a US citizen, a minority: 3.7%
- Method of conveyance (walking), majority: 87%
- With motive (religious and others), I’m also in the majority: 53%
- Which Camino path I’m traveling — the Camino Frances — in the majority: 70%. There are 6 other routes to Santiago, but they’re known for being less well-marked and having fewer hostels.
- Lastly, I’m surprised to discover that my starting point is #2 — Saint Jean Pied de Port, France — with 11.5% starting there.
That 11.5% represents about 22,214 people starting at SJPP over one year – or roughly 2000 a day. Woah! Of course, many people don’t start in the wintertime, so that puts the monthly totals at much higher — especially in the summer. If I go in April (that looks like the best airfare), numbers may be a bit lower.