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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Covey, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Covey

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    The Pilgrim Office in Santiago has a new web site with some interesting information and statistics:

    Pilgrims to Santiago

    The stats for May,June, July, Aug, Sept . Oct 2010:

    Total pilgrims through the Pilgrim Office May 28,787, June 33,721, July 42,359, Aug 54,785, Sept 36,698, Oct 26,542

    Total started at St Jean May 2,588 9% June 3,120 9%, July 2,552 10%, Aug 2,744 5%, Sept 2,492 7%, Oct 2,380 9%
    Roncesvalles May 1,762 6%, June 2,145 6%, July 1,805 4%, Aug 2,711 5%, Sept 1,688 4.6%, Oct 1,427 5%
    Leon May 1,474 5%, June 1,610 5%, July 1,715 4%, Aug 2,468 4.5%, Sept 1,898 5%, Oct 1,004 4%
    Ponferrada May 1,347 5%, June 1,364 4%, July 2,259 5%, Aug 2,918 5%, Sept 1,766 4.8%, Oct 1,201 5%
    Cebreiro May 2,362 8%, June 2,569 8%, July 3,294 8%, Aug 4,121 7.5%, Sept 2,801 7.6%, Oct 2,149 8%
    Tui May 1,621 6%, June 1,621 5% July 3,049 7%, Aug 3,187 6%, Sept 1,826 5%, Oct 1,559 6%
    Sarria May 5,798 20%, June 6,915 21%, July 10,423 25%, Aug 14,942 27%, Sept 10,687 29%, Oct 7,324 28%

    By foot May 24,620, June 27,883 83%, July 37,551 89%, Aug 47,014 86%, Sept 31,622 86%, Oct 23,784 90%
    By bike May 4,042, June 5,677 17% July 4,596 11%, Aug 7,522 14%, Sept 4,903 13%, Oct 2,620 10%
    By horse May 120, June 159, July 203, Aug 242, Sept 163, Oct 130
    By wheelchair May 5, June 2, July 9, Aug 7, Sept 10, Oct 8

    Men May 57%, June 58%, July 22,578 53%, Aug 30,619 56%, Sept 20,107 55%, Oct 14,798 56%
    Women May 43%, June 42%, July 19,781 47%, Aug 24,166 44%, Sept 16,591 45%, Oct 11,744 44%

    0 - 30 years old May 14%, June 19%, July 17,001 40%, Aug 20,437 37%, Sept 9,203 25%, Oct 5,218 20%
    30 - 60 May 64%, June 62%, July 21,689 51%, Aug 31,579 58%, Sept 21,701 59%, Oct 16,800 63%
    60+ May 22%, June 19%, July 3,669 9%, Aug 2,769 5%, Sept 5,794 16%, Oct 4,524 17%

    Spanish nationals May 60%, June 61%, July 72%, Aug 73%, Sept 64.5%, Oct 17,431 66%
    Foreign nationals May 40%, June 39%, July 28% Aug 27%, Sept 35.5%, Oct 9,111 34%

    The stats are interesting. The majority are Spanish which reflects it being a Holy Year as in previous years I have walked, foreigners were in the majority. (Foreign nationals were 65% in May 2009)
     
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  2. HuskyNerd

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    Kudos to the Santiago pilgrims' office for putting together a great website. Thanks for sharing the link, Covey. I'm looking forward to getting out a calculator and seeing what the total 2010 numbers are so far. But two numbers caught my eye: a) Americans make up only 3.5% of pilgrims. I'd suspected the number is quite small; b) people from Galicia itself make up almost 30% of pilgrims. I think this number is important as we long-haul pilgrims sometimes look disparagingly at fresh-faced pilgrims who've started in Sarria. It's a good reminder to us that people in the neighborhood, as it were, are getting out and enjoying their homeland as well they should.
     
  3. Covey

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    According to the statistics, us Brits enjoy ethnic minority status as we don't even appear on the list for May. Mind you, a lot of the Brits go in September which should be good.
     
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    Hi
    Very interesting statistics.
    Do you have those statistics for the different ways to Santiago (Camino Primitivo, Ruta de la Plata, Camino ingles, Camino de Madrid etc)?
    Thank you.
    Roberto
     
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    Most of the pilgrims received in this period started their Way to Santiago in: Sarria: 5.798 (20,14%); S. Jean P. Port: 2.588 (8,99%); Cebreiro: 2.362 (8,21%); Roncesvalles: 1.762 (6,12%); Tui: 1.621 (5,63%); León: 1.474 (5,12%); Ponferrada: 1.347 (4,68%); Oporto: 1.053 (3,66%); etc.
    The Chosen Routes:
    Most of the pilgrims chose Frances-Camino de: 20.876 (72,52%); Portugues-Camino: 3.608 (12,53%); Via de la Plata: 1.594 (5,54%); Norte-Camino de: 1.267 (4,40%); Primitivo-Camino: 704 (2,45%); etc.

    These stats are for May 2010. If you look at the website on the first post, you can access the stats for previous years and months.
     
  6. Covey

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    I found another interesting statistic!! In 1985 a total of 690 Compostella's were issued for the whole year!! Last Saturday there were over 1800 in just one day !!
     
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    Wow that´s just amazing!
     
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    I quite like the idea that we brits stay a minority - I loved the international aspect of the way - though it was good every now and then to speak to a native english speaker as it sometimes becomes hard work. I also find it slightly embarrassing that I only speak English. I have lived in Vienna and Prague - my german was rubbish and my czech non-existent, much to my other half's dismay sometimes.

    Whereas she speaks three languages fluently and bits of others - nothing can make me feel quite as stupid as trying to learn another language.
     
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    I have added the statistics for June 2010 to the first page of the thread.

    33,721 pilgrims completed their Camino in June!

    The numbers starting from the usual places showed the same percentages as May. The Male/Female split was the same and the age split showed a slight increase in the youngsters and slightly fewer of the older generation trying to avoid the heat and crowds.
     
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    Hi Covey, Thanks for the stats. I am currently in Madrid and leave for Leon tomorrow morning where i start my Pilgrimage on saturday. That´s if i'm not too tired and having a siesta under a shady tree, as my Big Sister has already worn me out in Madrid ! I will keep you posted as i move along.
    Cheers Tanya.
     
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    Yesterday, Saturday 10th July, a total of 1,933 pilgrims received their Compostella at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago.

    The opening hours for the Pilgrim Office at present are 9am to 9pm so I would suggest you get to the Pilgrim Office as early as possible to avoid the queues!
     
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    I find the stat of 3.5% of the Pilgrims are American interesting. During my Camino (May 22nd though June 23rd) I only met 4 of my fellow countrymen and women, and one was only doing the last 100 km, she had been teaching in Spain. Very acturate stat!
     
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    Stats for July


    Over 42,000 pilgrims presented themselves at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago in July. The percentage of Spanish Pilgrims was higher than previous months but that was to be expected with everyone wanting to be in Santiago on the 25th!
     
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    Having just returned from Santiago (29 July, 2010) I can verify the huge numbers of pilgrims. I chose to secure my compostela on Sunday, July 25 (given the special nature of the date which won't be repeated until 2021), so I arrived at 07:00, two hours in advance of the 09:00 opening of the Pilgrim Office. I was approx #75 in line and over the next two hours a line of about 500 people -- 4 blocks long -- would form behind me! I received my compostela at about 9:30, but the line stayed long most of the day. Interestingly, I walked by the pilgrim office at around 19:30 to discover no line at all.

    So, a couple of tips for those arriving in Santiago during the high season:
    1. If you can arrange it, go to the pilgrim office later in the day, around 19:30 p.m. This summer the office is staying open until 21:00.
    2. Your backpack is not allowed in the office (technically), and you need to go one door down and check it in, then find your place in line. Same with bicycles.
    3. All compostelas are marked with "Annus Sanctus" all year long, so if you get your compostela this year, that makes it a little special. If you're Roman Catholic, you're eligible for a plenary indulgence (Prots like me don't qualify).
    4. Compostelas are donativo, but a 2-3E donation is recommended. Everyone also purchases a tube for storage to keep your Compostela safe and sound on the trip home.

    During the highest season -- roughly 1 week on either side of July 25 -- Santiago is a party town, attracting people from all over Galicia and, indeed, Spain. Believe it or not, pilgrims are a small contingent within the enormous crowds of the Jacobeo festival, as it's called (this year's theme is Apostolo 2010). Throughout Spain advertisers have picked up the Camino/Jacobeo theme. Estrella Beer, for instance, has a special drawing for freebies on its bottles (I won some lip balm). There's a special wine in honor of the Camino, there are advertisements everywhere wishing everyone a Buen Camino, etc., etc. Everyone in Spain seems to know and understand the whole Camino thing and, as Covey wrote above, the percentage of Spanish pilgrims is quite a bit larger than normal.

    One other note on the statistics about Americans for BHinSanDiego: the 3.5% in June was not 3.5% of the total, but 3.5% of the non-Spanish pilgrims. I didn't recalculate the number for June, but for July the total of American pilgrims (672) is only 1.5% of the total 42,359 pilgrims. Over my 266 km Camino on the Via de la Plata I saw no Americans and only heard rumors of one who was a couple of days ahead. I was something of an oddity on a Camino that was populated mostly by Italians, the Spaniards as we neared Santiago.
     
  15. Wild Bill

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    I'm confused...entry was written in June, 2010 and statistics were for May, June, July of 2010.
     
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    Goodday Wild Bill.
    Don't be confused!!! If you read the small print at the bottom of the june entry, it says last edited by Covey on the 1st august 2010.
    Covey is one of the moderators on this forum and he can and does edit, add, or delete posts as necessary.

    Hope that clarifies things for you,
    Cheers Tanya
     
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    Tanya is correct in that I edit my posts as can any member who wishes to amend one of their own posts.

    As a moderator, I can edit a post placed on the forum by anyone, but would only do so to remove links to blogs or web sites which I feel are contrary to the spirit and purpose of the Forum.

    I can delete a post if I feel it is contrary to the spirit of the Forum, or if it contains abusive material, or if I feel it is being used to propagate views or themes which are contrary to the norms of the Forum.

    I can ban temporarily or permanently a user from posting on the site and can remove any or all previous posts by the user if I feel the content has nothing to do with the Camino. This I do quite frequently to remove links to sex sites and sites offering "friendship with Asian Babes" in the posts. Porn sites have a habit of creating a membership of a Forum and then using that membership as a gateway to spread their wares.

    We try here to run a very friendly Forum, where we encourage as many members as possible to join in and share their experiences and ideas with the sole aim of making their journey along the Camino as enjoyable as possible. Having read the advice from many different perspectives, the aspiring pilgrim should end up in the right place , at the right time, with the right kit on their back, and will be pointed in the right direction!!

    One of my last jobs this August will be to update the Camino Statistics on the 1st Sept before hot footing it down to Gatwick to catch the Bairritz flight and start the adventure all over again.
     
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    And it should be said that you do a bang-up job as moderator, Covey. Thank you for your outstanding work that has helped so many!
     
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    I think it would be fair to say that all the moderators do their bit to ensure that this is probably the friendliest and most helpful site for those contemplating doing their Camino to Santiago.
     
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    They're getting the stats up amazingly quickly now. Soon we'll have a smart card and real-time stats on pilgrim movements!

    Anyway, I was looking at the stats for June 2010 which is when I was walking and they confirm the impression I got at the time.

    1. Considerably more men than women. 57.71% / 42.29%
    2. A lot of cyclists. 16.84%
    3. Very few young people 18.78% < 30
    4. Loads of Americans 5%

    And even though 61.15% were Spanish that's misleading because most of them were either cyclists or they just started in Galicia. Maybe June is always a bit strange. I see the stats for July give quite a different picture. Anybody else noticed this?

    Ger
     
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    Hi Ger ~

    Thanks for your review of the Camino statistics, though the "Foreigner Pilgrims" number of the Santiago Cathedral website is a little misleading. The breakdown is shown as percentage of foreigners, rather than percentage of the total. So the 5% Americans means 5% of the 38.85% who are foreigners. Based on the actual number of 667 American pilgrims of the 33,721 total, this means about 1.9% of all pilgrims in June were American -- or about one in fifty. About one in twenty non-Spaniards is an American. I'm theorizing that the better Euro/Dollar exchange rate and the new Martin Sheen Camino movie will draw many more Americans next year.
     
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    I have added August to the first page.

    The interesting bit is how the age group mix changed over the months. The over 60's tend to avoid the heat and youngsters in July/August and there was a sharp increase in the number of cyclists heading in to Santiago in August.

    I will bid you all farewell for the next month as I head off to St Jean tomorrow!
     
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    Buen Camino!
     
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    Covey enjoy and we look forward to hearing all storries when you return.

    All the best
    Leslie
     
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    I have added the September stats to the first post in this thread.

    It confirms the point made by a number of sources that the numbers starting from St Jean in this Holy Year are roughly the same as in previous years and have held steady at around 2,500 per month for the main walking season. This number can be a little misleading because it only covers those who started at St Jean and actually finished in Santiago. It has been estimated that some 25% of those who start their Camino at St Jean/Roncesvalles do not actually finish for one reason or another. That can be anything from injury to those walking the Camino in stages spread over a number of years.

    It will be interesting to see the 60+ numbers for October as the numbers of older pilgrims was much higher than the 16% shown as finishing in September.
     
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    Well, here we are in mid-October and the numbers arriving in Santiago are still quite high, with 1196 arriving in Santiago yesterday ( Monday 11th Oct) and the average numbers still around the 1000 mark per day.

    My original plan was to arrive in Santiago on the 9th and as the numbers who started out from St Jean in the first week of September were the same as last year, it indicates that the bulk of the Pilgrims are still joining at Sarria for the last 100kms.
     
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    I have added the stats for October arrivals in Santiago. The numbers arriving in Santiago have been averaging 600+ per day in October and as expected the age group mix has changed, although not as much as I expected. The numbers starting from the long distance points have held steady throughout the year with an average of 2,500 per month starting from St Jean, which turns out to be the same as last year! The numbers in percentage terms are also fairly constant for those starting at Leon and Cebreiro. The numbers starting from Sarria have averaged 25% of the total receiving their Compostella.

    Of course none of these stats take into account those who started but who were unable to make it to Santiago for whatever reason. The average arrivals in Santiago were 1,750 per day in August which would have meant that the Sarria to Santiago stages would give little room for solitude!
     
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    Thanks for sharing these fascinating stats, Covey. Very interesting in particular to note that SJPP starts are same as last year.
     
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    There were a number of interesting points in the stats between October 2009 and October 2010.

    In October 2009 the nationality mix was 40% Spanish, 60% foreign, but in October 2010 it was 66% Spanish and 34 % foreign.

    In October 2009 those starting from Sarria were 14% of the total number arriving in Santiago but in October 2010 the number was 27%.

    Of the 11,730 pilgrims arriving in Santiago in October 2009, 2,024 had started in St Jean, but even though the total number arriving in October 2010 was 226% up on 2009 at 26,518, the number who had started from St Jean was only 17% higher (2,379) than 2009, which works out at an average of 11 pilgrims extra per day for a Holy Year!!!.

    A lot of money, both State and private, had been spent gearing up for the Holy Year, but the stats seem to prove that there was only a very marginal increase in the numbers walking the Camino, until one got to Sarria where the crowds really started.

    Hopefully, 2011 will be back to normal!
     
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    Proud and happy to say my gf and I were two of the October stats.
     
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