A couple of people have asked questions recently related to how many escape rooms the UK can sustain. Truth be told, I don’t really know the answer but I was interested enough to try to pull together a few statistics from other countries. I grabbed them from anywhere I could get them easily – sometimes just taking them direct from a report and sometimes finding a list and adding them up by hand.
The numbers are inevitably approximate – I may have made minor errors when counting, the lists aren’t necessary complete and games appear and disappear on an almost daily basis in most of these regions. I do believe the numbers are about right.
The table below is ordered by number of rooms per million population to give you a feel for how densely filled the markets are. Obviously a lot of factors affect these numbers – planning laws, when the first game appeared, labour costs, tourist numbers etc. Read into the data what you will…
|Country||Population (m)||Rooms (/m pop)||Source (rooms)|
|NL||17||612 (36)||Escape Talk|
|Poland||38||986 (26)||Lock Me|
|Luxembourg||0.57||11 (19)||Escape Talk|
|USA||323||6000 (18.6)||Facebook thread – David Spira estimate.|
|UK||65||855 (13.2)||Exit Games|
|Singapore||5.6||68 (12.1)||TripAdvisor and primary research|
|Belgium||11||120 (11)||Escape Talk|
|Australia||24||195 (8.1)||Escape Room Hunters|
|Austria||8.7||65 (7.5)||Lukas Rauscher from Crime Runners|
Populations based on Wikipedia’s best guess.
If you’ve got any other statistics that I can add then let me know via comments below. I won’t add them indefinitely but if I get more stats over the next couple of weeks then I’m happy to drop them in.