Annual Gross Economic Output

 

The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates the economic output of outdoor recreation to be $778 billion, surpassing industries such as mining, utilities, farming and ranching, and chemical products manufacturing.

Outdoor Recreation Jobs in the United States

 

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 2.2 percent of U.S. GDP.

Industry Statistics

Archery

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

Biking

Over $96 billion in annual retail sales.

Boating

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

Camping

Supports over 1.4 million jobs.

Equestrian

Total economic impact of $18 billion.

Hunting

Economic impact of over $110 billion.

Motorcycling

In 2016, 9,749 retail outlets sold motorcycles and related products in the U.S. These retail outlets employed an estimated 80,281 employees at an annual payroll of $3.7 billion.

Recreation Vehicles

$50 billion economic impact.

Snowsports

Supports nearly 700,000 jobs.

Specialty Equipment

$41 billion economic impact.

Specialty Vehicles

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

Sportfishing

Generates more than $48 billion in retail sales.