Outdoor recreation accounts for nearly $700 billion of the US economy annually. That's according to figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. 2018 marks the first outdoor recreation has been included in their analysis of the U.S. economy.
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It's a little surprising no one ever thought to consider the percentage of America's GDP related to outdoor recreation. Or maybe it isn't? Either way, it's significant because now we know 2% of the GDP is driven by the outdoor recreation industry. The manufacture and sale of camping gear, RVs, bicycles, boats and (of course) motorcycles account for nearly $700 billion of economic output.
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) has even quantified the economic impact of motorcycling. In 2016, 9,749 retail outlets sold motorcycles and related products in the U.S. These retail outlets employed an estimated 80,281 employees at an annual payroll of $3.7 billion.
So the next time you roll the bike out of the garage remember: you're doing it for America.