The outdoor recreation industry does more than bring joy to millions of Americans: It helps drive our economy. In 2022, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released updated national statistics and state-level data that recognizes the critical role the industry plays in supporting economic growth in the United States. In addition, the BEA found that the outdoor recreation industry is growing rapidly.
This year’s release shows a record-breaking year for the outdoor recreation economy in 2021, reflecting the desire of Americans across the country to get outdoors and recreate.
Annual Gross Economic Output
The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates the economic output of outdoor recreation to be $862 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 1.9 percent of U.S. GDP.
Percentage of U.S. Employees
Outdoor recreation accounts for 3% of all U.S. employees.