Outdoor Recreation Drives The American Economy

The outdoor recreation industry does more than bring joy to millions of Americans: it helps drive our economy. Each year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) releases updated national statistics and state-level data on the outdoor recreation economy that recognizes the critical role the industry plays in supporting economic growth in the United States.

This year’s release shows a great year for the outdoor recreation economy in 2022, reflecting the desire of Americans across the country to get outdoors and recreate. In addition, the BEA found that the outdoor recreation economy grew three times faster than the U.S. economy as a whole.


*Note: ORR uses BEA’s gross output numbers when showcasing the impact of the outdoor recreation economy and its sectors. Gross output represents all sales of goods and services, including those for intermediate inputs and those to final users. In the outdoor industry, this would represent sales of both intermediate and final goods and services like buckles, backpacks, reels, fishing rods, steering wheels, ATVs, guided trips, and many others. To learn more, click here.

Annual Gross Economic Output

The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculates the economic output of outdoor recreation to be $1.1 trillion, 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 2.2 percent of U.S. GDP.



Percentage of U.S. Employees

Outdoor recreation accounts for 3.2% of all U.S. employees.

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Economic Impact by Industry Segment

$4.3 billion


$47.3 billion


$10.2 billion


$1.1 billion

Canoeing & Kayaking

$10.2 billion


$12.5 billion


$18.8 billion

Hunting, Shooting, & Trapping

$18.5 billion

Motorcycling & ATVing

$70.8 billion


$7 billion

Skiing & Snowboarding

$6.2 billion

Snowmobiling & Other Snow Activities

Outdoor Recreation Economy Data

State GDP Map