Annual Gross Economic Output


The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates the economic output of outdoor recreation to be $673 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 growth rate of the outdoor recreation industry since 2012, surpassing average U.S. economic growth of 3.6 percent in the same period.