Minnesota leads nation in most boats per capita
Wisconsin is third and North Dakota fourth.
If you think you've noticed many boats on Northland lakes and rivers recently, you're right.
California, Florida and Michigan may have more boats total, thanks to larger overall populations, but Minnesota continues to lead the nation for the number of boats registered per person. And it’s not even close.
According to boatsafe.com, using data from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Census Bureau, the top 10 recreational boating states, based on registered watercraft per 100,000 people, are:
South Carolina, 11,161
North Dakota, 8,809
New Hampshire, 7,077
Based on total number of boats registered, the top recreational boating states are:
California, 1.05 million
Michigan, 1 million
New York, 529,732
South Carolina, 383,971