Annual Gross Economic Output


The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates the economic output of outdoor recreation to be $689 billion, surpassing industries such as mining, utilities, farming and ranching, and chemical products manufacturing.

Outdoor Recreation Creates Millions of Jobs


Outdoor recreation generates millions of quality, high-paying jobs in the United States across a wide variety of industries.

Outdoor Recreation as Part of GDP


Outdoor recreation accounts for 1.8 percent of U.S. GDP.

Percentage of Employees that Work in Outdoor Recreation 


Three percent of all U.S. employees work in outdoor recreation.

Industry Statistics


Participants spent $156 billion — the most in the last 25 years, adjusted for inflation — on equipment, travel, licenses, and fees associated with these activities.


Over $96 billion in annual retail sales.


$37 billion total retail sales of boats, engines, accessories and marine services.


Supports over 1.4 million jobs.


Total economic impact of $18 billion.


Economic impact of over $110 billion.

Motorcycling & Powersports

The economic impact of the powersports retail marketplace is $39 billion.

Recreation Vehicles

$50 billion economic impact.


Supports nearly 700,000 jobs.

Specialty Equipment

$41 billion economic impact.

Specialty Vehicles

More than 30 million Americans ride ATVs and ROVs each year.


Generates more than $48 billion in retail sales.