Annual Gross Economic Output


The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates the economic output of outdoor recreation to be $734 billion, surpassing industries such as agriculture, petroleum and coal, and computer and electronic products.


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.

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.


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.


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.

A Rapidly Growing Industry with a Big Impact

Outdoor recreation’s percentage of the U.S. GDP, according to BEA findings.

The wage growth rate of the outdoor recreation industry from 2015-2016, surpassing average growth in the U.S. economy of 2.7% percent in the same period.