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Socioeconomic Impacts from Recreation

The BLM in Fiscal Year 2014 recorded more than 61 million visits to BLM-managed lands and waters.  Recreation supported more than 41,000 jobs and resulted in about $5.5 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

 712,827

283

373

 26

 39.4

Arizona

 4,881,290

1,907

2,962

182.2

 322.8

California

8,209,825

2,824

4,446

306.3

576.4

Colorado

7,535,554

2,840

4,402

278.4

 497.6

Eastern States

137,290

47

79

4.4

9.6

Idaho

6,034,645

2,667

3,810

 222.9

 358.4

Kansas

 0

 —

0.0

0.0

Montana

 4,937,443

 2,177

 3,162

 182.1

 293.4

Nebraska

0

0.0

0.0

Nevada

 7,219,759

 2,429

3,544

 268.2

416.6

New Mexico

 3,384,757

 1,402

 1,932

 125.9

 189.2

North Dakota

889

 —

 —

 0.03

 0.05

Oklahoma

0

0.0

0.0

Oregon

 7,519,405

 3,231

 4,880

 277.7

 491.6

South Dakota

  88,902

39

 53

 3.3

 5.2

Texas

0

0.0

0.0

Utah

 6,953,934

 2,880

4,447

 259.4

 460.3

Washington

563,682

 192

 282

 20.8

 34.8

Wyoming

 2,915,080

 1,171

 1,530

 107.7

 151.4

Sum of States

 61,095,282

 24,089

35,903

2,265.3

3,846.8

National

 NA

 22,816

 41,664

 2,280.4

 5,476.3

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