Report Highlights Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions

Matt Leahy | November 21, 2022
Two people walk through autumn woods.

(Photo: Jerry Monkman)

Confirming what many in New Hampshire have experienced in recent years from the increase in outdoor recreation here, a report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) shows the significant economic impact of the outdoor recreation sector in 2021.

The report estimates New Hampshire saw $2.6 billion in value added from the outdoor recreation sector in 2021. The largest part of this impact came from high-profile activities, like hiking, hunting, biking and boating. Skiing and other snow sports added more than $190 million, according to the report. 

Nationally, the report shows outdoor recreation generated $862 billion in economic output and 4.5 million jobs in 2021. This means the outdoor recreation economy contributes more to the U.S. economy than oil and gas extraction, mining, and agriculture.