WASHINGTON — The number of campsites in the United States has jumped to more than 10 billion, the highest in decades, according to a new report from the nonprofit organization Wilderness Alliance.
The organization analyzed government data and the National Park Service’s data on camp sites, and found that about 3.8 billion people are now camping in parks, according a summary of the report.
About 11.3 billion people in the country live within a half-mile of a national park.
About 1.9 billion are camping in designated wilderness areas, which are areas within designated national forests.
The report says about 6.2 billion people live within 100 miles of a state park, about a third of the U.S. population.
About 2.3 million campers use private vehicles to camp.
In the Northeast, about 1.2 million camp, according the report, and about 1 million use public lands.
But a study last year found that 1.6 million people live in more than 100 miles (about 2,600 kilometers) of national parks, parks, and wilderness areas.
About 400,000 people camp in parks and more than 5.1 million camp on state or federal lands.
Wilderness Alliance is an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that advocates for wilderness areas and parks and works to preserve them for future generations.
Wilderness was founded in 1992 and is based in the city of Portland, Oregon.
The group advocates for national parks and public lands, and the Wilderness Alliance website describes its mission as “creating and maintaining an inclusive, diverse, and safe environment for everyone to enjoy and thrive.”