Camino Statistics

You may have many questions about the Camino. Some statistics may help you decide when to make your Camino and which route might be best for you.

While some people see statistics and start to doze off, others find this information interesting and even useful for deciding what time of year to walk or even which route to walk.

To say that 2020 and 2021 were unusual years for the Camino is of course a gross understatement. COVID. The Pilgrim Welcome Office issued about 54,000 compostelas during the year 2020, as opposed to close to 348,000 during 2019.


The first two graphs are based on American Pilgrims’ credential request records.

American Pilgrims' credentials issued by departure month, 2007 through 2020.

 

 

 

 

American Pilgrims' credentials issued by year, 2007 through 2020.

 

 


Questions you may have about the Camino

Do you wonder how many people each year complete a pilgrimage to Santiago and receive a Compostela? Or do you want to know what country has the most pilgrims on the Camino? Or which month most pilgrims arrive in Santiago? Or perhaps you’re wondering the percentage of women on the Camino, or how many pilgrims arrive in Santiago on foot, bicycle or horseback?

Data in the first six graphs is from the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos (Pilgrim’s Reception Office).

Compostelas issued by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos, annual totals 1986 through 2020.

 

 

 

 


Compostelas issued by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by month, 2006 through 2020.

 

 

 

 


Compostelas issued by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by route, 2006 through 2020.

 

 

 


Analysis of Compostelas given for all pilgrims beginning on the Camino Francés comparing those beginning in Sarria and those beginning before Sarria. Numbers for starts before Sarria have been very steady dating back almost a decade. The four year-to-year comparisons have all showed decreases.

 

 

 


A collection of statistics concerning St. Jean Pied-de-Port departures.

 

 

 

 


Compostelas issued by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by sex, 1991 through 2020.

Ratio of males to females. 1991 through 2020. In 2018, for the first time in recorded history more women than men received Compostelas and the trend continued even stronger in 2019. The COVID year of 2020 reversed that trend. Temporarily?

 


Compostelas issued by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by age, 2006 through 2020.

 

 

 


Compostelas issued to U.S. passport holders by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by year, 2007 through 2020.

 

 

 


Compostelas issued to U.S. passport holders by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by month, 2007 through 2020.


U.S. percentage of total Compostelas issued by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by year, 2007 through 2020.

 

 

 


U.S. percentage of total Compostelas issued by the Oficina de Acogida de Peregrinos by month, 2007 through 2020.

 

Rev 08/28/21