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Burning Man census reveals the average burner to be 35, male, white and earning $65k

A Burning Man census has revealed that the average burner is 35 years old, white and male. 

These particular burners earn just a little under $65,000 anually and usually spend up to $2,500 at the annual event.   

The statistics were revealed in a Black Rock City Census Project that surveyed 8,745 participants out of the nearly 70,000 who attended the Burning Man event in 2018.  

About 59 per cent of survey participants identified as men while close to 40 per cent were women. 

Burning Man has historically been well attended by white men; however, that number has steadily declined since 2013. 

In 2013, around 82 per cent of attendees were white while last year’s number steadied at about 74 per cent. 

For median personal income, most participants reported $64,700 annually. More than half of respondents have a household income of $100,000 or more. 

Nearly half of respondents spent between $1,000 to $2,500 during the event. 

The first Burning Man celebration took place in 1986 in San Francisco, when artist Larry Harvey burned a 9ft wooden sculpture of a man on a beach to mark the summer solstice.  

In 1990 the festival moved to Nevada’s Black Rock desert, where a steampunk city pops up every year, and has inspired copycat events around the world.

The tribute festivals including Afrika Burn, held at Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa, and MidBurn in the Negev Desert in Israel.

The week-long festival hosts some 70,000 people, who pay up to $1,200 for a ticket.

Attendees are expected to abide by Burning Man’s ten core principles, which included ‘radical inclusion’, ‘radical self-reliance’ and ‘radical self-expression’.

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