New economic data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania is growing by leaps and bounds. The bureau’s Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account recently released 2022 data for the industry. It revealed that outdoor recreation contributed $17 billion to Pennsylvania’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year. That’s an increase of more than 12 percent from 2021. It makes Pennsylvania the eighth largest state outdoor industry in the country. The same data also found that outdoor recreation creates 164,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, a more than seven percent increase from 2021.

This post adapted from a release by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.