Minnesota ranks first, Wisconsin, third, in registered boats per capita
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) — Here’s some news that shows who’s floating their boats, with Minnesota ranked first in the nation and Wisconsin, third, in a tally of the top 10 recreational boating states.
South Carolina is sandwiched between the Gopher State and the Badger State.
By the numbers:
- Minnesota — 14,505 registered boats per 100,000 population
- South Carolina — 11,161 boats registered per 100,000 residents
- Wisconsin — 10,444 boat registrations for every 100,000 people.
The boats-per-head count is based on recreational boating registration data from the U.S. Coast Guard, cross-referenced with U.S. Census data to determine the number of registered watercraft per capita.
The recreational boating site Boat Safe used the data to develop a national map of boat saturation.
It may be a tadpole interesting that the northern Midwest leaves most of the coastal states in its wake with per-capita registrations.
Rounding out the top 10 are:
- North Dakota — 8,809
- Maine — 8,397
- Michigan — 8,066
- New Hampshire — 7,077
- Alaska — 6,887
- Montana — 6,822
- Louisiana — 6,790.
It appears that Hawaii is floating on its own, with not so many registered boats.
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