Camino Statistics: Nationalities and numbers

The annual Camino statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago give us some interesting insights into the Camino de Santiago. This week we take a look at the number of pilgrims, where they come from and what age they are.

The Pilgrims Office only accounts for pilgrims receiving the Compostela certificate, meaning they finished in Santiago. These figures don’t take into consideration the number of pilgrims who do not finish in Santiago, or those who don’t request the Compostela.

A total of 277.854 pilgrims reached Santiago in 2016 and received their Compostela pilgrim certificate:

Top nationalities on the Camino

Where are the Camino pilgrims from? Spaniards account for 44.71% (124.230) of the total number of pilgrims. After them, these are the top nationalities on the Camino de Santiago:

  • Italy 23.944 (8.62%)
  • Germany 21.220 (7.64%)
  • USA 15.236 (5.48%)
  • Portugal 13.245 (4.77%)
  • France 8.868 (3.19%)
  • Ireland 6.537 (2.35%)
  • United Kingdom 6.050 (2.18%)
  • Korea 4.534 (1.63%)

What are the ages of all pilgrims?

27.16% Camino pilgrims were under 30 years old
55.12% were aged between 30 and 60 years old
17.72% were over 60 years old

You might also like to read our blog post: Camino statistics: most popular routes.

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