Behind every Eagle Scout, there’s a story.

A story of perseverance. Of parents and adult volunteers offering guidance and support. Of merit badges, camping trips and service projects.

Multiply each individual Eagle Scout story by 52,160, and you’ll begin to see just how much impact Eagle Scouts had on their communities in 2018.

Exactly 52,160 young men — representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia — earned Scouting’s highest honor last year.

Let’s dive into the numbers.

Putting the number in perspective

With 52,160 Eagle Scouts, the Class of 2018 is officially the eighth-biggest Eagle Scout class in history.

For comparison, 2012’s record-setting class had 58,659 Eagle Scouts. (See the full year-by-year numbers later in the post.)

If all of those Class of 2018 Eagle Scouts wanted to gather to watch some Major League Baseball, there’s only place they could go.

With a capacity of 56,000, only Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (seen above) is large enough to hold everyone.

Percentage of eligible Scouts earning Eagle

Exactly 6.49 percent of eligible Scouts earned Eagle in 2018. Here’s a look at the Eagle percentage over the last 10 years.

YearEagle Percentage
20094.06
20105.02
20114.55
20125.55
20136.02
20146.01
20156.57
20166.24
20176.46
20186.49
Average5.70

Below, see how the average has increased over time.

I see the increase as a good thing. A higher percentage means young people are staying in the program longer, and it means they’re leaving the program prepared for life.

Consider this: What would the world be like if 100 percent of adults had earned Eagle? That’s a world I’d want to live in.

A deeper dive into the numbers

Let’s look at the numbers behind the numbers:

  • Total number of Eagle Scout service project hours recorded in 2018
  • Region-by-region Eagle numbers
  • Number of Eagle Scouts per year, from 1912 to 2018
  • State-by-state Eagle rankings
  • The average age of 2018’s Eagle Scouts

As always, my thanks to the BSA’s Mike Lo Vecchio, who provides me with these Eagle Scout stats each year.

Total number of Eagle Scout service project hours recorded in 2018

Eagle Scouts, and the volunteers they led, completed 7,987,074 hours of work for Eagle Scout service projects in 2018.

That works out to 153.1 hours per project.

At the 2018 “value of volunteer time” rate of $24.69 per hour, that works out to $197.2 million worth of service to communities.

YearTotal HoursEagle ScoutsHours per Eagle Scout project
2018       7,987,074        52,160153.1
2017       8,461,760        55,494152.5
2016       9,156,368        55,186165.9
2015       8,503,337        54,366156.4
2014       8,127,532        51,820156.8

Note: The real number is probably much higher. Many soon-to-be Eagle Scouts miscalculate the number of hours worked, thereby shortchanging themselves. Read this post for details.

Region-by-region Eagle numbers

Region20142015201620172018
Western        16,999        18,317        18,073        18,319        17,384
Southern        13,861        14,484        14,962        14,621        14,049
Central        10,681        10,913        11,017        11,227        10,320
Northeast        10,279        10,652        11,134        11,327        10,407
Total        51,820        54,366        55,186        55,494        52,160

Congrats to the Western Region for having the largest total yet again!

Number of Eagle Scouts per year, from 1912 to 2018

Fellow Eagle Scouts, how many others were honored in the year you earned Eagle?

1912                23
1913                54
1914              165
1915                96
1916              103
1917              219
1918              222
1919              468
1920              629
1921           1,306
1922           2,001
1923           2,196
1924           3,264
1925           3,980
1926           4,516
1927           5,713
1928           6,706
1929           6,676
1930           7,980
1931           8,976
1932           9,225
1933           6,659
1934           7,548
1935           8,814
1936           7,488
1937           7,831
1938           8,784
1939           9,918
1940         10,498
1941           9,527
1942           8,440
1943           9,285
1944         10,387
1945         10,694
1946         10,850
1947           9,733
1948           8,016
1949           9,058
1950           9,813
1951         10,708
1952         15,668
1953           9,993
1954         12,239
1955         14,486
1956         15,484
1957         17,407
1958         17,548
1959         17,360
1960         21,175
1961         24,637
1962         26,181
1963         27,428
1964         29,247
1965         27,851
1966         26,999
1967         30,878
1968         28,311
1969         31,052
1970         29,103
1971         30,972
1972         29,089
1973         46,966
1974         36,739
1975         21,285
1976         27,687
1977         24,879
1978         22,149
1979         22,188
1980         22,543
1981         24,865
1982         25,573
1983         25,263
1984         27,326
1985         27,173
1986         26,846
1987         27,578
1988         27,163
1989         29,187
1990         29,763
1991         32,973
1992         34,063
1993         33,672
1994         37,438
1995         31,209
1996         37,715
1997         40,296
1998         41,167
1999         47,582
2000         40,029
2001         43,665
2002         49,328
2003         49,151
2004         50,377
2005         49,895
2006         51,728
2007         51,742
2008         52,025
2009         53,122
2010         57,147
2011         51,933
2012         58,659
2013         56,841
2014         51,820
2015         54,366
2016         55,186
2017         55,494
2018         52,160

State-by-state Eagle rankings

Here are the 2018 state-by-state rankings, as well as the rank change from 2017 to 2018.

Example: The +2 for North Carolina means that state’s rank jumped up two spots: from No. 7 in 2017 to No. 5 in 2018.

RankStateEagle ScoutsRank Change2017 Rank
1Utah537301
2California514902
3Texas422303
4Pennsylvania234604
5North Carolina199127
6New York1945-15
7Virginia1890-16
8Ohio173508
9Florida1636110
10Illinois1618-19
11Georgia1562112
12Arizona1519-111
13New Jersey1380013
14Missouri1263014
15Michigan1195217
16Washington1191016
17Idaho1190-215
18Maryland1051119
19Massachusetts972-118
20Indiana914222
21Colorado912-120
22Minnesota887-121
23Wisconsin873124
24Tennessee808-123
25Connecticut626025
26South Carolina604127
27Oregon603330
28Kansas585-226
29Alabama531-128
30Kentucky478333
31Iowa473031
32Nevada465-329
33Oklahoma437-132
34Nebraska395135
35Louisiana373-134
36Mississippi326036
37Arkansas251037
38Hawaii238038
39West Virginia211140
40New Hampshire199242
41Rhode Island174-239
42New Mexico165-141
43Montana155043
44Wyoming146145
45Maine141-144
46Delaware110147
47Alaska102148
48North Dakota102-246
49South Dakota102049
50Vermont91050

Scouts didn’t just earn Eagle in one of the 50 states. Here are the numbers for BSA members who earned Eagle in Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., and the BSA’s Transatlantic and Far East Councils.

Puerto Rico206
Transatlantic127
Far East77
Washington DC25

State-by-state Eagle rankings (population adjusted)

I used publicly available data to find the number of under-18 boys in each state, as of 2017 (the most recent year available).

That allowed me to create the following population-adjusted list.

Notice that Utah remains No. 1, but less-populous states like Idaho, Wyoming and Rhode Island jumped into the top 10.

RankState Eagle Scouts Under 18 PopulationPercentUnadj. Rank
1Utah5373926,6990.580%1
2Idaho1190443,7920.268%17
3Wyoming146136,4830.107%44
4Virginia18901,869,1760.101%7
5Arizona15191,633,4900.093%12
6Missouri12631,382,9710.091%14
7Pennsylvania23462,664,5150.088%4
8North Carolina19912,302,3460.086%5
9Connecticut626743,8260.084%25
10Rhode Island174207,3320.084%40
11Nebraska395475,7330.083%34
12Kansas585712,5380.082%28
13Maryland10511,347,5060.078%18
14Vermont91116,8250.078%50
15Hawaii238305,7440.078%38
16New Hampshire199258,7730.077%41
17Washington11911,645,8160.072%16
18Colorado9121,261,8330.072%21
19Massachusetts9721,369,9550.071%19
20New Jersey13801,979,0180.070%13
21Oregon603873,6190.069%27
22Minnesota8871,298,6570.068%22
23Wisconsin8731,282,6440.068%23
24Nevada465685,4630.068%32
25Montana155228,8890.068%43
26Ohio17352,605,2350.067%8
27Iowa473731,9470.065%31
28Georgia15622,514,6980.062%11
29Indiana9141,573,4090.058%20
30North Dakota102175,7720.058%48
31Texas42237,366,0390.057%3
32West Virginia211369,7180.057%39
33California51499,060,1360.057%2
34Illinois16182,897,1850.056%10
35Maine141252,6340.056%45
36Alaska102184,9280.055%47
37Michigan11952,176,6490.055%15
38South Carolina6041,104,6740.055%26
39Delaware110204,4840.054%46
40Tennessee8081,507,5020.054%24
41Alabama5311,095,4730.048%29
42South Dakota102214,8560.047%49
43Kentucky4781,010,5390.047%30
44New York19454,154,4970.047%6
45Mississippi326713,5670.046%36
46Oklahoma437959,2850.046%33
47Florida16364,201,9830.039%9
48Arkansas251705,5400.036%37
49New Mexico165488,0900.034%42
50Louisiana3731,108,4030.034%35

The average age of 2018’s Eagle Scouts

This number has remained pretty steady over the past five years.

20142015201620172018
 Western17.0317.0617.0817.0517.02
 Southern17.2917.3417.3116.8817.31
 Central17.3617.3817.4517.3617.40
 Northeast17.5617.5717.5517.5317.54
 Overall Average Age17.3117.3417.3517.2117.32

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