Minnesota ranks first, Wisconsin, third, in registered boats per capita

Registered Boats
(Boat Safe map)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) — Here’s some news that shows who’s floating their boats, with Minnesota ranked first in the nation and Wisconsin, third, in a tally of the top 10 recreational boating states.
South Carolina is sandwiched between the Gopher State and the Badger State.
By the numbers:

  • Minnesota — 14,505 registered boats per 100,000 population
  • South Carolina — 11,161 boats registered per 100,000 residents
  • Wisconsin — 10,444 boat registrations for every 100,000 people.

The boats-per-head count is based on recreational boating registration data from the U.S. Coast Guard, cross-referenced with U.S. Census data to determine the number of registered watercraft per capita.
The recreational boating site Boat Safe used the data to develop a national map of boat saturation.
It may be a tadpole interesting that the northern Midwest leaves most of the coastal states in its wake with per-capita registrations.
Rounding out the top 10 are:

  • North Dakota — 8,809
  • Maine — 8,397
  • Michigan — 8,066
  • New Hampshire — 7,077
  • Alaska — 6,887
  • Montana — 6,822
  • Louisiana — 6,790.

It appears that Hawaii is floating on its own, with not so many registered boats.