Black Rock City Census


This is the home of the results and analysis of the Black Rock City Census. Ever wonder who goes to Burning Man? Here are the answers. Want to help out with Census? Volunteer!

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2016 Census Results

  • 2016 Black Rock City Census Data Released

    If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you consider yourself “a Burner.” Maybe you’re in the 4% of our population who have attended more than 11 Burns. Maybe you’ve never been to Black Rock City. Regardless, you seem to be curious about Burning Man. Who are Burners? Where are we from? What do …Read More

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From the Census Blog

  • Why Should You Fill Out Your BRC Census? Because It Matters

    By Laura “Dr. Daneosaur” Dane, Dana “DV8” DeVaul, Sarah “Picky” Williamson Hopefully, by now, you’ve seen the Black Rock City Census link in either our social media posts, the Burning Man Journal, or in the JRS. From now until October 15, use that link to participate in the online survey put together by Black Rock …Read More
  • Play and Possibility: Organic Racial Contact at Burning Man

    By Vernon L. “Uncle Vern” Andrews At the turn of the last century, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that the problem of the 20th century would be the problem of the color line. Du Bois was concerned with racial equality, institutional inclusion and increasing the social and economic power of non-whites in American society (Du Bois, …Read More
  • How Burning Man Participants Spiritually Self-Identify

    By Tammy Lesueur The Census Team looks at how Burners define their identities and selves. Who are we, and what do we believe? Religion and spirituality are intimate parts of those identities, and Burners express them in a variety of ways. …Read More
  • Art From Data: The Field Notes Project

    By Leah Gold (“Athena”) Does Burning Man enrich your life? Do you wear costumes at Burning Man? Why or why not? Have you ever met someone new and fallen in love in Black Rock City? Please describe. What is the single most surprising or unconventional piece of equipment you bring to Burning Man? Interesting questions, are …Read More
  • Researchers Share First Findings on Burners’ Transformative Experiences

    By Daniel Yudkin Many people report having a transformative experience in Black Rock City. They see Burning Man events as something truly out of the ordinary and often find it impossible to describe Black Rock City and what happens there. We — a team of psychologists, neuroscientists, and anthropologists working in collaboration with the Black …Read More