On July 26, the Outdoor Industry Association released state-level data for its Outdoor Recreation Economy report, the most comprehensive study of the economic impact of outdoor recreation to date. According to the report, more than half of Pennsylvanians (56%) participate in outdoor recreation each year. The report also finds that, in Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation is responsible for:
- $29.1 billion in annual consumer spending
- 251,000 direct jobs (more than three times as many as the natural gas industry)
- $8.6 billion in annual wages and salaries
- $1.9 billion in annual state and local tax revenue.
The Pennsylvania statistics match data on the national level, where outdoor recreation plays a significant role in the economy. In America, outdoor recreation accounts for $887 billion in annual consumer spending and more than $100 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue.
Read the full report here.