Burning Man census reveals majority of revelers are rich, white, male Democrats – and the average age is 37 … as officials slam ravers for abandoning cars, blankets and their own waste at desert site
A count of Burning Man visitors has revealed that most of the Burners are near-middle-aged white men who have become increasingly wealthy and Democrat.
Held every year in the Nevada desert, the festival attracts people who want to live in a cashless, carefree society for nine days each summer – but the attendees have become very wealthy and well-educated, with an average age of 37 .
The annual gathering, which began on a San Francisco beach in 1986, draws nearly 80,000 artists, musicians and activists for a mix of wilderness camping and avant-garde performances. The organizers of the festival analyzed data of the 2022 festival, which was attended by approximately 75,000 people.
About 16 percent of attendees reported having a household income of at least $300,000 a year. In 2013, only seven percent of attendees reported such high incomes.
Meanwhile, more than a third of revelers, 34 percent, say they have a college degree, up from 24 percent in 2013. As the San Francisco Chronicles points out, the national average is at a much lower 15 percent.
The giant sculpture — the centerpiece of the annual event — is pictured looming over the encampment before Monday’s fire.
A count of Burning Man visitors has revealed that most Burners are primarily white males
Visitors have become increasingly wealthy and better educated, with an average age of 37 years
And there shouldn’t be too many political arguments at Burning Man, as the crowd is more than 50 percent Democrats. Only 4.2 percent of those in attendance said they were Republican.
The second largest political affiliation was “none or unaffiliated” at 34 percent.
In 2013, the Democrats were still the majority, but a smaller one at 33.5 percent.
While the audience remains largely white, the number of visitors identifying as non-white has increased by 80 percent in recent years.
Hispanics went from 3 percent in 2013 to 9.6 percent in 2022; Asians went from 3.7 percent to 8 percent, and African Americans went from 0.9 percent to 2.2 percent.
The festival, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021, has previously admitted that it is mostly attended by whites and formed an internal “anti-racism” group.
In addition to racial inclusion and ‘radical self-expression’, the festival counts ‘leaving no trace’ among its core principles.
About 16 percent of attendees reported having a household income of at least $300,000 a year
More than 50 percent of the public is Democrats. Only 4.2 percent of those in attendance said they were Republican
“Our community respects the environment. We strive to leave no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and try, where possible, to leave such places in a better condition than when we found them.
However, this year’s Burning Man didn’t run as seamlessly as previous years.
The fallout from the chaotic 2023 version of Burning Man has continued this week as the local sheriff criticized attendees for leaving trash in the Nevada desert in the wake of the faded festival.
“As usually happens in what burners call the ‘default world,’ people let their emotions get the better of their reason and lash out at each other as they leave the playa and try to get to their next destination,” Pershing County Sheriff said. Allen told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“This behavior definitely does not fall within the 10 principles of Burning Man, but that is not the fault of BMP, but a social issue.”
“People are starting to leave marks,” says Jeffrey Longoria, 37, as he cleans his mud-stained boots outside a Walmart in Reno. “They forget the core principles of the burn.”
The spirit of Burning Man is self-sufficiency, but many people seemed to have ignored this and left their rubbish behind
Long queues of vehicles are pictured Monday as festival goers leave the annual event
Muddy boots are left on the side of the road on Monday
The erosion of those core principles could be due, in part, to the fact that many of the festival’s original attendees have aged, he said, and there’s been a wave of newer visitors — “the kind that campers of a few $100,000 and careless about the environment. .’
Tens of thousands of revelers attending the event in the Nevada desert were told on Saturday to stay put and conserve food and water after a massive rainstorm turned the venue into a quagmire.
The dry alkali plains created a unique problem for the festival’s visitors, as weeks of rain hit the area in a matter of days.
Drone footage from DailyMail.com showed squirming crowds of vehicles slowly making their way through the sand as they headed for the exits on Monday afternoon.
The area where the festival takes place is temporarily built each year atop alkali plains, lava beds, and the bottom of what was once Lake Lahontan on federally protected land in the town of Gerlach, Nevada.
Organizers said on Monday there were still 64,000 revelers at the site, and begged those trying to leave the squalid camp to be patient.
Half an inch of rain fell on Friday, turning the site into a quagmire, and those in attendance were ordered not to leave because the roads were impassable.
Some said it brought back a sense of community, but others admitted a slight panic at the thought of getting stuck with dwindling food and water. Social media users laughed at the “harrowing” stories of fleeing the site.
The event started on August 27 and was supposed to end on Monday morning, with attendees packing and tidying up.
This week, many visitors descended on the airport in Reno, Nevada, to catch last-minute flights home. According to KTVN-TV in Reno, car washes sometimes refused vehicles that were too covered in mud and clay. There are signs outside nearby supermarkets prohibiting the disposal of Burning Man-related waste and recycling in their bins.
Eleonora Segreti, who lives in central Italy and visited Burning Man for the second time this year, left the venue early Tuesday.