Which U.S. States Spend the Most on RVs Per Capita?

Written by Carly Hallman

Exploration, freedom, and adventure are cornerstones of American culture and history. The United States is vast and varied, offering countless vistas and experiences within its 2,800-mile span. RVs are a symbol of America’s pioneering spirit and thirst for the freedom that the wide open road offers. In fact, many people would include “traveling cross-country in an RV” on their bucket list! This infographic visualizes the U.S. states where people spend the most per year on RV sales and service:

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Which U.S. States Buy the Most RVs Per Capita Transcript

State Total RV Sales and Service Spending Estimated Annual RV Sales and Service Spending Per Capita
Alabama $55,700,000 $11
Alaska $28,800,000 $39
Arizona $174,400,000 $24
Arkansas $34,200,000 $11
California $549,800,000 $14
Colorado $119,900,000 $21
Connecticut $67,800,000 $19
Delaware $23,600,000 $24
Florida $306,200,000 $14
Georgia $103,400,000 $10
Hawaii $3,500,000 $2
Idaho $40,100,000 $22
Illinois $173,800,000 $14
Indiana $129,400,000 $19
Iowa $79,000,000 $25
Kansas $40,600,000 $14
Kentucky $67,800,000 $15
Louisiana $57,000,000 $12
Maine $15,900,000 $12
Maryland $47,000,000 $8
Massachusetts $69,800,000 $10
Michigan $150,400,000 $15
Minnesota $187,400,000 $33
Mississippi $38,900,000 $13
Missouri $81,200,000 $13
Montana $39,300,000 $37
Nebraska $30,200,000 $16
Nevada $92,600,000 $30
New Hampshire $29,600,000 $22
New Jersey $79,700,000 $9
New Mexico $61,200,000 $29
New York $225,900,000 $12
North Carolina $104,700,000 $10
North Dakota $19,600,000 $26
Ohio $134,000,000 $11
Oklahoma $63,400,000 $16
Oregon $165,600,000 $39
Pennsylvania $170,600,000 $13
Rhode Island $6,600,000 $6
South Carolina $41,700,000 $8
South Dakota $28,500,000 $32
Tennessee $65,100,000 $10
Texas $424,200,000 $15
Utah $55,500,000 $17
Vermont $13,000,000 $21
Virginia $70,500,000 $8
Washington $155,700,000 $20
West Virginia $23,300,000 $13
Wisconsin $89,600,000 $15
Wyoming $18,400,000 $32

Total RV Shipments in the United States Over Time (1981-2021)

Year RV Shipments
1981 133,600
1982 140,600
1983 196,600
1984 215,700
1985 186,900
1986 189,800
1987 211,700
1988 215,800
1989 187,900
1990 173,100
1991 163,300
1992 203,400
1993 227,800
1994 259,200
1995 247,000
1996 247,500
1997 254,500
1998 292,700
1999 321,200
2000 300,100
2001 256,800
2002 311,000
2003 320,800
2004 370,100
2005 384,400
2006 390,500
2007 353,400
2008 237,000
2009 165,700
2010 242,300
2011 252,300
2012 285,800
2013 321,130
2014 356,700
2015 374,200
2016 430,691
2017 504,599
2018 483,672
2019 406,070
2020 423,628
2021 Projected 490,300 – 515,400

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Here are the top 25 U.S. states where people spend the most per year on RV sales and RV service per capita:

  1. Alaska: $39 per year per capita
  2. Oregon: $39 per year per capita
  3. Montana: $37 per year per capita
  4. Minnesota: $33 per year per capita
  5. South Dakota: $32 per year per capita
  6. Wyoming: $32 per year per capita
  7. Nevada: $30 per year per capita
  8. New Mexico: $29 per year per capita
  9. Iowa: $25 per year per capita
  10. Arizona: $24 per year per capita
  11. Delaware: $24 per year per capita
  12. Idaho: $22 per year per capita
  13. New Hampshire: $22 per year per capita
  14. Vermont: $22 per year per capita
  15. Colorado: $21 per year per capita
  16. Washington: $20 per year per capita
  17. Connecticut: $19 per year per capita
  18. Indiana: $19 per year per capita
  19. Utah: $17 per year per capita
  20. Oklahoma: $16 per year per capita
  21. Nebraska: $16 per year per capita
  22. Texas: $15 per year per capita
  23. Wisconsin: $15 per year per capita
  24. Michigan: $15 per year per capita
  25. Kentucky: $15 per year per capita

Here are the top ten U.S. states where people spend the most per year on RV sales and service overall:

  1. California: $549,800,000
  2. Texas: $424,200,000
  3. Florida: $306,200,000
  4. New York: $225,900,000
  5. Minnesota: $187,400,000
  6. Arizona: $174,400,000
  7. Illinois: $173,800,000
  8. Pennsylvania: $170,600,000
  9. Oregon: $165,600,000
  10. Washington: $155,700,000

What Does “RV” Stand For?

RV stands for “recreational vehicle.” Types of RVs include motorhomes, toy-haulers, teardrop campers, caravans, campervans, fifth-wheel trailers, popup campers, and truck campers.

How Much Do RVs Cost?

RVs can cost between $10,000 and $300,000 depending on the size, style, and features. A standard camper trailer might go for around $20,000, while most motorhome prices start in the $100,000s.


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