Some interesting facts from the The Active Outdoor Recreation Economy Study done by OutdoorIndustryFoundation.org.
More Americans camp than play basketball.
The number of Americans who participate in bicycling is double the population of Canada.
More Americans paddle (kayak, canoe, raft) than play soccer.
The number of New Englanders who participate in trail-based recreation annually is greater than the combined attendance for all 81 Boston Red Sox home games.
More Americans owe their jobs to bicycle-based recreation than there are people employed as lawyers.
More Americans owe their jobs to snow-based recreation than there are physicians and surgeons.
The Active Outdoor Recreation Economy employs five times more Americans than Wal-Mart, the world’s largest private employer.
Camp-based recreation in the U.S. could employ the entire population of Utah.SHARE