Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account: Updated Statistics for 2012-2016
Updated statistics from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.2 percent ($412 billion) of current-dollar GDP in 2016. In data produced for the first time, using inflation-adjusted (real) GDP, the outdoor recreation economy grew 1.7 percent in 2016, faster than the 1.6 percent growth for the overall U.S. economy. In addition, real gross output, compensation, and employment all grew faster in outdoor recreation than in the overall economy in 2016.
- Current Release: September 20, 2018
- Next Release: September 20, 2019
First State Outdoor Recreation Data Coming Sept. 20
BEA produces national statistics that show how outdoor pursuits like snowboarding, biking, and boating ripple through the U.S. economy. This year, we are expanding the national data and also preparing BEA's first prototype statistics on the role of outdoor recreation in each state's economy. The state and national statistics are scheduled for release Sept. 20.
You can see the table format for the upcoming state prototype data in the Supplemental Information & Additional Data section below.
Outdoor recreation and the economic activities that support it – for example, a factory making fishing lures, a family traveling to hike in a national park, or a ski instructor giving lessons – are already woven invisibly into BEA's broad national statistics, such as GDP. The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account pulls these threads of data together in one place, with expanded detail, creating a picture of the outdoor recreation economy that would otherwise remain hidden within BEA's existing statistics.
These data add to public understanding and inform decision-making by policymakers, businesspeople and the managers of public lands and waters.
The outdoor recreation account, established by a 2016 federal law, joins other supplemental statistics that spotlight arts and cultural production, travel and tourism, and health care.
- State Outdoor Recreation Tables Format New Information!
- Detailed Poster: How Big is the Outdoor Recreation Economy?
- Infographic: How Big is Outdoor Rec?
- Bicycling: What’s included in output by activity?
- Boating: What’s included in output by activity?
- Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account: Updated Statistics, 2012-2016 Capitol Hill Briefing, September 2018
- Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account BEA Advisory Committee Meeting, November 2017
- Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account: Recreation by the Numbers Federal Visitation and Economic Data Seminar, September 2017
- Legislative Background: Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016 Public Law 114–249 114th Congress, December 2016
- Preparing the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account
- Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account: Updated Statistics Survey of Current Business, September 2018
- Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account Methodology
- Introducing the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account Survey of Current Business, March 2018
- Fact Sheet: What is GDP?
- Coming Soon: State Outdoor Recreation Statistics
- Prototype Statistics: Outdoor Recreation Accounted for 2 Percent of GDP in 2016
- Swim, Sail or Ski to bea.gov for an Outdoor Rec Preview
- Coming Soon: BEA to Release Prototype Statistics on the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation
- BEA Moves Ahead on Developing Plan to Measure the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation
- Send Us Your Suggestions About Outdoor Recreation Statistics
- More Time to Weigh in on New Project Measuring Outdoor Recreation's Economic Impact
- New Data Project: Measuring the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation
- Coming Soon: An Enhanced Set of Outdoor Recreation Statistics
- How does the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) compare with industry economic impact reports?
- Can the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) show how much outdoor recreation contributed to the economy as a percent of GDP?
- What is gross output by industry and how does it differ from gross domestic product (or value added) by industry?
- What is a satellite account?
- How is the outdoor recreation economy captured in the core statistics currently produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)?
- Will the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) have regional as well as national level estimates?
What is the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account?
Measures the economic activity as well as the sales or receipts generated by outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing and RVing. These statistics also measure each industry’s production of outdoor goods and services and its contribution to U.S. GDP. Industry breakdowns of outdoor employment and compensation are also included.