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Report: Outdoor Recreation Adds $13.6 Billion to State’s Economy

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Outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy in 2021, according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) statistics, and accounts for 1.6% of gross domestic product of State.

This gives Pennsylvania the sixth largest outdoor recreation economy in the United States.

The sector’s contribution to the state’s economy is 22% higher than in 2020. Statewide, the sector accounts for 152,000 jobs, 4% more than in 2020.

RV camping is the largest contributor at over $700 million, followed by boating and fishing at $555 million; hunting, shooting and trapping at $354 million; and ATV and Motorcycle at $304 million.

“Outdoor recreation continues to be a thriving and important industry within the Commonwealth, and this data helps us better understand what we do well while providing guidance on where we can develop this industry for its own good and to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians,” said Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Director Nathan Reigner. “Unlike economic development through other industries, development through outdoor recreation also stimulates physical health, mental well-being, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.”

Outdoor recreation has supported other industries. Travel and tourism contributed almost $4 billion to economic activity.

Nationally, outdoor recreation generated $862 billion in economic output.