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Socioeconomic Impacts from Recreation

The BLM in Fiscal Year 2012 recorded more than 57 million visits to BLM-managed lands and waters.  Recreation supported more than 57,600 jobs and resulted in about $7 billion in economic output.  This table shows the number of visitors, recreation-related jobs, and related economic output in each state.  Economic output data are in millions of dollars.


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States

Visitors

Employment

Output ($million)

  

 Direct

 Total

 Direct

 Total

Alaska

 660,000

365

490

 30.5

 48.0

Arizona

 5,595,000

3,015

4,772

262.2

 483.1

California

9,292,000

4,259

7,094

432.0

880.7

Colorado

7,310,000

 3,878

5,554

337.5

 584.0

Eastern States

128,000

65

117

5.7

13.5

Idaho

 5,931,000

 3,878

 5,314

 274.0

 424.0

Kansas

 —

 —

Montana

 4,409,000

 2,702

 3,725

 200.7

 308.7

Nebraska

Nevada

 5,989,000

 2,750

4,186

 276.7

455.2

New Mexico

 2,398,000

 1,411

 1,970

 111.8

 172.3

North Dakota

27,900

 16

 22

 1.1

 1.8

Oklahoma

Oregon

 8,008,000

 4,451

 6,937

 351.7

 648.6

South Dakota

  37,400 

 24

 31

 1.7

 2.5

Texas

Utah

 6,950,000

 4,085

6,371

 324.7

 581.3

Washington

— 

 229

 344

 20.8

 37.1

Wyoming

 1,400,000

 1,549

 1,960

 119.0

 165.3

Sum of States

 58,135,300

 32,677

48,887

2,750.1

4,806.1

National

 57,848,468

 30,301

 57,622

 2,772.5

 7,025.2

About These Numbers

Data in the "Direct" column are an estimate of the BLM's economic contribution to local economies in terms of employment and output directly associated with BLM-managed lands and resources.  These impacts might be associated with river guides and other recreation outfitters, for example.  Data in the "Total" column for each category of BLM activity demonstrate the agency's impacts, including indirect and induced impacts associated with, for instance, companies that manufacture outdoor gear and local service businesses in gateway communities.

National numbers may be larger than the sum of individual state numbers because the national number accounts for activity across state lines.  For example, machinery production in California might be used to support mining activity in Wyoming.  Employment benefits reflect an annual average for full- and part-time private sector jobs.  Table totals may not add exactly, because of rounding.  The data are preliminary and are subject to change based on further review.

Available for Download

Thumbnail of BLM factsheet coverA PDF version of data from BLM's current “A Sound Investment for America,” is available for download by clicking this link