Socioeconomic Impacts from Recreation

The BLM in Fiscal Year 2013 recorded more than 59 million visits to BLM-managed lands and waters.  Recreation supported more than 52,200 jobs and resulted in about $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.


SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS
Energy
Recreation
Timber
Grazing


States

Visitors

Employment

Output ($million)

  

 Direct

 Total

 Direct

 Total

Alaska

 650,805

260

343

 23.5

 35.6

Arizona

 5,775,550

2,257

3,505

212.1

 375.7

California

8,706,109

2,995

4,715

319.5

601.2

Colorado

7,218,735

 2,721

4,217

262.3

 468.8

Eastern States

125,078

44

74

4.1

8.9

Idaho

 5,536,406

 2,446

 3,495

 201.1

 323.4

Kansas

 —

 —

0.0

0.0

Montana

 5,214,422

 2,279

 3,310

 187.5

 302.1

Nebraska

0.0

0.0

Nevada

 7,919,048

 2,664

3,887

 289.3

449.5

New Mexico

 2,906,201

 1,205

 1,660

 106.4

 159.9

North Dakota

 —

 —

 0.0

 0.0

Oklahoma

0.0

0.0

Oregon

 8,170,644

 3,305

 4,992

 279.4

 494.6

South Dakota

  —

 19

 27

 1.6

 2.6

Texas

0.0

0.0

Utah

 6,843,098

 2,834

4,376

 251.1

 445.5

Washington

— 

 163

 240

 17.4

 29.1

Wyoming

 2,914,533

 1,171

 1,529

 105.9

 148.9

Sum of States

 59,066,096

 24,365

36,372

2,261.2

3,845.9

National

 NA

 23,151

 42,277

 2,275.9

 5,465.4

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