Repost from Pilgrimage to Santiago Forum.
January 1 to June 30 of this year:
Total compostela recipients : 48,970 (43,803 for the same period in 2008)
Men 19,345; Women 29,625
Walked: 40,418; Bicycle: 8,368; Horseback: 181; Wheelchair: 3
Under 15 years of age: 1,146
between 15 and 35: 15,555
36 to 65: 28,220
over 65: 4,049
Pilgrims with religious motives exclusively: 20,065
Cultural only: 4,178
21,713 pilgrims hailed from Spain itself (less than 50%!!!!)
7,309 came from Germany;
3,213 came from France;
3,121 from Italy;
2,578 from Portugal;
1,278 from Austria;
1,121 from the United States;
1,112 from Holland;
1,084 from Brazil;
964 from Ireland;
835 from Canada;
656 from Belgium;
579 from Finland;
494 from Mexico;
The rest, in decreasing numbers, from another twenty or so countries.
37,939 of the pilgrims followed the French Camino
4,539 the Portuguese
2,669 the Via de la Plata
2,341 the Northern Way
856 the Primitive Way
and 499 the English.
The rest followed several other routes.
11,508 of the pilgrims started out in Sarria;
6,220 in Saint Jean Pied de Port;
4,279 in Ponferrada ;
3,427 in Roncesvalles;
3,182 in Leon;
2,836 in O Cebreiro;
1,892 in Sevilla (!!!!);
1,721 in Pamplona;
1,583 in Astprga;
1,128 in Le Puy;
1,042 in Tui
The rest commenced their pilgrimage at different points distanced from Santiago sufficiently to qualify the pilgrim for receipt of the Compostela.
As has been mentioned several times, it is estimated that the total number of pilgrims in the various Caminos at any one time is about five times the number of those who do receive the Compostela.
(So 5 out of 6 pilgrims do not get a compostela either from dropping out or continuing their camino at a later date!!!!!)
Recently an “Anthropological Profile” of the 2008 Compostela recipients was made. These are some of the findings:
Over 50% of the pilgrims were between 36 and 65 years of age; the percentage of pilgrims between 16 and 35 years of age has increased to 40%. (getting a younger crowd????)
56% of the pilgrims are male.
81% of the pilgrims are single
56% of the pilgrims possess a college education.
95% of the pilgrims declare either an exclusively religious reason, or a religious/cultural reason for the pilgrimage.
87% of the pilgrims declared themselves to be believers; of these, 96% were Catholic, 2% non-Catholic Christians and 2% belonged to other religions. 59% of the believers stated that they are regular church-goers.
A very large number of the pilgrims, 66% (and I thought I was the exception!!!!), declared that they went to the Camino without prior preparation, physical or otherwise. Of those who prepared themselves beforehand 81% undertook physical training.
87% of the pilgrims went to the Camino in the company of someone else.
13% went alone (mostly by choice)
5% of the pilgrims declared that the most negative aspect of their experience was the difficulty of the Camino (tiredness, aches, blisters, etc). The climate bothered 46% of the pilgrims, and 31% complained about the albergues (no hot water and unfriendly hospitaleros).65% of the pilgrims were satisfied with the albergues (indeed, 18% were extremely satisfied), while 14% found the albergues deficient and 3% found them “very bad”.
On the positive side, 90% of the pilgrims pointed out the camaraderie, the friendship and the brotherly communication among the pilgrims. 41% found the spiritual and religious experience very meaningful and 21% were quite happily impressed by the contact with nature, the cultural aspects of the Camino and the opportunity to expand their physical and spiritual capabilities.
Monthly figures up to June can be viewed at http://www.archicompostela.org. Click on the colourful shell. Then click on the Spanish flag and then on Estadísticos .
I’ve just added some punctuation on what I think are interesting statistics.