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Outdoor Industry Association Releases the
Outdoor Recreation Economy Report
recreation economy generates $887 billion in
A sector woven deep into the fabric of local communities across the country, the outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in consumer spending annually, sustains 7.6 million American jobs and generates $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue and $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue each year. With more Americans employed as part of the outdoor recreation economy than in food and beverage service, or in construction and computer technology, this report shows that when our nation’s leaders invest in outdoor recreation, the result is healthier economies and healthier communities.
the smallest rural towns to the most densely populated cities, outdoor
recreation makes America stronger,” said Amy Roberts, OIA executive director.
“This report makes clear that the outdoor recreation economy is not only
thriving, but a powerful economic force that embodies the American spirit.
Public lands and waters are the foundation of this powerful economic force.
By investing in and protecting America’s public lands and waters, we invest
in our future and the continued well-being of America. Together, we can
The outdoor recreation economy attracts active and healthy workers whose lifestyles support thriving communities and contribute to a higher quality of life while sustaining businesses and families. Additional findings from the report include the following:
“REI has always been committed to helping people connect with the outdoors and spend time outside, and we were proud to partner with Outdoor Industry Association to produce the most inclusive economic report on outdoor recreation to date,” said Jerry Stritzke, CEO of REI. “Given the anticipated news from the administration about monument designations this week, this is a timely discussion. The outdoor recreation economy has always been a vital element in the fabric of our country. We’re particularly proud to contribute 7.6 million good jobs. We’re happy to stand with the millions of Americans who look to the outdoors for their livelihoods and enjoyment, and we ask that our nation’s policymakers and elected officials do the same.”
In an era when our nation’s population is extremely polarized ideologically, the outdoors has proven to be a unifying force that brings families and communities together. Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact (REC) Act with unanimous, bipartisan support, marking an important milestone for the outdoor industry. Signed into law by former President Barack Obama, the law ensures the outdoor recreation economy is counted as part of U.S. gross domestic product.
Outdoor Industry Association issued the first Outdoor Recreation Economy report more than a decade ago and has made significant improvements to the report since then. This third edition takes a broader view of the growing industry and its shifting demographics. The sample that was drawn for this study was designed to represent the U.S. population on the basis of gender, age, education and race.
Respondents were solicited through Survey Sampling International (SSI), a longtime leader in survey research. The report was made possible through the generous support of REI, Patagonia, The North Face, W.L. Gore, People for Bikes, The Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) and The Outdoor Foundation.
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