Outdoor business alliances across the country — known as the State Outdoor Business Alliance Network (SOBAN) — have joined forces to elevate the vital importance of a thriving outdoor industry. A new report highlights the many ways that communities across the country benefit from increased investment in outdoor recreation.
Outdoor Recreation is an economic powerhouse.
Contributing $459.8 billion to the U.S. economy and providing 5.2 million jobs earning more than $226.3 billion dollars.
Outdoor recreation is a large contributor to GDP.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) estimates the contribution of outdoor
recreation in terms of its contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In
2019 the value-added contribution of outdoor recreation to the U.S. economy
was $459.8 billion, representing 2.1% of GDP.