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