Outdoor Recreation Accounts for 2.4% of Arkansas GDP


Outdoor Recreation Accounts for 2.4% of Arkansas GDP
Outdoor recreation GDP map (Arkansas Business)

The outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.4% of gross domestic product in Arkansas in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Nationwide, it accounted for 1.9%, or $454 billion, of current-dollar GDP in 2021.

“At the state level, value added for outdoor recreation as a share of state GDP ranged from 4.8 percent in Hawaii to 1.3 percent in New York and Connecticut,” the BEA reported earlier this month. “The share was 0.9 percent in the District of Columbia.”

Inflation-adjusted GDP for the outdoor recreation economy rose 18.9% in 2021, compared with a 5.9% increase for the overall U.S. economy. That reflected a rebound in outdoor recreation after the decrease of 21.6% in 2020, the year the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States.