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The Outdoor Recreation Economy: Take it Outside for American Jobs and a Strong Economy

Key Message

Each year, Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation. This spending supports 6.1 million direct jobs and $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.

Source

Outdoor Industry Association. (2012). The Outdoor Recreation Economy: Take it Outside for American Jobs and a Strong Economy. Boulder, CO: Outdoor Industry Association.

Purpose

Outdoor recreation is bigger than we think and a significant economic driver in the United States. The report quantifies the monetary value of this economic contribution. 

Evidence

The outdoor recreation is an overlooked economic giant: 

- 6.1 million american jobs

- $646 billion in outdoor recreation spending each year

- $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue

- $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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