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2015 Merit Badge Ranking

Here is a list of earned Merit Badges for 2015.  The Top 13 are all required.

Rank Merit Badge 2015 % of Total
1 First Aid*          80,716 4.01%
2 Swimming**          71,821 3.57%
3 Cooking*          67,691 3.36%
4 Environmental Science****          63,783 3.17%
5 Citizenship in the World*          60,171 2.99%
6 Citizenship in the Nation*          57,161 2.84%
7 Communication*          55,738 2.77%
8 Camping*          54,342 2.70%
9 Personal Fitness*          52,499 2.61%
10 Citizenship in the Community*          52,071 2.59%
11 Personal Management*          51,105 2.54%
12 Family Life*          51,008 2.54%
13 Emergency Preparedness***          47,879 2.38%
14 Fingerprinting          43,743 2.17%
15 Rifle Shooting          43,196 2.15%
16 Archery          41,879 2.08%
17 Leatherwork          40,805 2.03%
18 Wilderness Survival          37,581 1.87%
19 Wood Carving          36,890 1.83%
20 Kayaking          34,054 1.69%
21 Canoeing          29,461 1.46%
22 Chess          27,235 1.35%
23 Fishing          26,050 1.29%
24 Art          24,374 1.21%
25 Lifesaving***          23,983 1.19%
26 Mammal Study          23,427 1.16%
27 Indian Lore          22,241 1.11%
28 Geology          22,180 1.10%
29 Shotgun Shooting          21,895 1.09%
30 Space Exploration          21,607 1.07%
31 Climbing          21,574 1.07%
32 Pioneering          17,341 0.86%
33 Basketry          17,158 0.85%
34 Photography          16,931 0.84%
35 Astronomy          16,706 0.83%
36 Orienteering          15,642 0.78%
37 Geocaching          15,582 0.77%
38 Aviation          15,170 0.75%
39 Small Boat Sailing          15,092 0.75%
40 Nature          14,679 0.73%
41 Weather          14,622 0.73%
42 Robotics          13,700 0.68%
43 Fish & Wildlife Management          13,164 0.65%
44 Forestry          12,905 0.64%
45 Fire Safety          12,782 0.64%
46 Music          12,369 0.61%
47 Metalwork          12,340 0.61%
48 Game Design          12,313 0.61%
49 Engineering          11,735 0.58%
50 Search and Rescue          11,725 0.58%
51 Welding          11,019 0.55%
52 Horsemanship          10,878 0.54%
53 Chemistry          10,560 0.52%
54 Soil and Water Conservation          10,437 0.52%
55 Moviemaking          10,064 0.50%
56 Sculpture          10,042 0.50%
57 Electricity          10,035 0.50%
58 Rowing            9,995 0.50%
59 Automotive Maintenance            9,961 0.50%
60 Oceanography            9,892 0.49%
61 Motor Boating            9,880 0.49%
62 Digital Technology            9,383 0.47%
63 Pottery            8,384 0.42%
64 Electronics            8,352 0.42%
65 Sports            8,272 0.41%
66 Public Speaking            7,793 0.39%
67 Railroading            7,651 0.38%
68 Archaeology            7,590 0.38%
69 Pulp and Paper            7,379 0.37%
70 Snow Sports            7,251 0.36%
71 Hiking**            6,967 0.35%
72 Nuclear Science            6,728 0.33%
73 Radio            6,709 0.33%
74 Reptile and Amphibian Study            6,700 0.33%
75 Cycling**            6,626 0.33%
76 Sustainability ****            6,625 0.33%
77 Crime Prevention            6,581 0.33%
78 Salesmanship            6,412 0.32%
79 Disabilities Awareness            6,153 0.31%
80 Law            5,633 0.28%
81 Traffic Safety            5,604 0.28%
82 American Heritage            5,599 0.28%
83 Bird Study            5,587 0.28%
84 Scouting Heritage            5,558 0.28%
85 Genealogy            5,316 0.26%
86 Woodwork            5,242 0.26%
87 Plumbing            4,960 0.25%
88 Scholarship            4,911 0.24%
89 Coin Collecting            4,715 0.23%
90 Pets            4,645 0.23%
91 Mining in Society            4,613 0.23%
92 Animal Science            4,414 0.22%
93 Painting            4,245 0.21%
94 Reading            4,179 0.21%
95 Collections            4,004 0.20%
96 Fly Fishing            3,981 0.20%
97 Backpacking            3,973 0.20%
98 Safety            3,937 0.20%
99 Golf            3,826 0.19%
100 Medicine            3,807 0.19%
101 Athletics            3,604 0.18%
102 Programming            3,577 0.18%
103 Insect Study            3,550 0.18%
104 Dentistry            3,485 0.17%
105 Signs, Signals and Codes            3,453 0.17%
106 Water Sports            3,389 0.17%
107 Inventing            3,369 0.17%
108 Architecture            3,362 0.17%
109 Graphic Arts            3,356 0.17%
110 Home Repairs            3,288 0.16%
111 Textile            3,225 0.16%
112 Energy            3,190 0.16%
113 Entrepreneurship            2,927 0.15%
114 Plant Science            2,922 0.15%
115 Whitewater            2,888 0.14%
116 Model Design and Building            2,795 0.14%
117 Veterinary Medicine            2,764 0.14%
118 Dog Care            2,666 0.13%
119 Theater            2,665 0.13%
120 Farm Mechanics            2,244 0.11%
121 American Cultures            2,233 0.11%
122 Composite Materials            2,183 0.11%
123 Truck Transportation            2,157 0.11%
124 Scuba Diving            2,135 0.11%
125 Skating            1,972 0.10%
126 Public Health            1,780 0.09%
127 Computers            1,686 0.08%
128 Gardening            1,582 0.08%
129 Landscape Architecture            1,434 0.07%
130 Drafting            1,339 0.07%
131 Cinematography            1,260 0.06%
132 American Labor            1,106 0.05%
133 Animation            1,099 0.05%
134 Journalism            1,037 0.05%
135 Stamp Collecting                996 0.05%
136 Surveying                879 0.04%
137 American Business                587 0.03%
138 Bugling                492 0.02%
TOTAL Merit Badges Earned    2,011,860