Ultimate List of Drone Stats for 2020

Looking for the latest drone stats and trends? We’ve got you covered!

The world is changing fast and drones are no exception.

Once the work of science fiction, drones have become mainstream. While the recreational market still dominates, new commercial use cases for drones are constantly becoming uncovered.

Get the most recent stats and figures in our roundup below.

Drones

  • At the end of 2019, there were 990,000 recreational operators registered and an estimated 1.32 million recreational drones in the United States (FAA)
  • The annual growth rate of drones in the US is estimated to be approximately 6.4% (FAA)
  • The number of recreational drones in the US is forecasted to peak at around 1.5 million drones (FAA)
  • The number of commercial drones is expected to double by 2024 (FAA)

Drone Usage

  • 15% of Americans have ever flown a drone (Philly by Air 2020 Survey)
  • 24% of men in the US own a drone, while only 10% of woman (Philly by Air 2020 Survey)
  • Drone ownership by age
    • 18-24 years old – 19%
    • 25-34 years old – 17%
    • 35-44 years old – 20%
    • 45-54 years old – 22%
    • 55-64 years old – 13%
    • 65+ years old – 6%

Drone Ownership

  • 8% of Americans own a drone (Philly by Air 2020 Survey)
  • 9% of men own a drone in the US compared with 7% of women (Philly by Air 2020 Survey)
  • Drone ownership by age
    • 18-24 years old – 9%
    • 25-34 years old – 9%
    • 35-44 years old – 10%
    • 45-54 years old – 5%
    • 55-64 years old – 9%
    • 65+ years old – 4%

Drone Registrations

  • As of July 21, 2020, there were 1,662,819 drones registered in the United States by the FAA. 71% of drone registrations (1,181,269) were for recreational purposes, while 27% (477,969) were for commercial operation. The FAA has awarded 184,450 remote pilot certificates. (FAA)
  • By the end of 2019, there were more than 385,000 commercial drones that had been registered in the US (FAA)

Commercial Drone Usage

  • In 2019, the construction segment held the largest market share (Research and Markets)

FAA Waivers

  • Nighttime operation represent the most common type of waiver being approved (FAA)
  • Almost 50% of airspace authorizations were approved for controlled airspace (FAA)

DJI

  • DJI owns nearly 80% of the market for drones in the United States (DroneII)
  • The commercial drones market is expected to reach $6.30 Billion by 2026 (Fortune Business Insights)
  • DJI makes the popular Phanton, Mavic (including the Mavic 2 Air), and Inspire series.