Screenshot of The Outdoor Recreation Economy. Photo: OIA
People in the United States spend $646 billion a year on outdoor activities, according to The Outdoor Industry Association's recently released report "The Outdoor Recreation Economy." Here's a quick summary of some numbers from the report. People in the United States spend $121 billion on gear and $525 billion on travel a year. Somewhere around 6.1 million jobs result, at least in part, from all of the spending. Roughly 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives. Outdoor recreation is a growing sector of the economy, which has increased at a clip of five percent a year from 2005 to 2011.
Now, here's a list of the activities that account for the most spending, according to the report.