# Text Block (195) | Primary Research by Eva Jane Gates

"Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs." (Outdoor Industry Association, 2017) This is probably the coolest fact I have ever read.$646 billion sounds enormous, but that includes everything in adventure for each person that goes on an adventure. I mean that it includes flights, food, hotels, activites ect. It's crazy!

The graph below really shows that, but it only goes up to 2009, and I couldn't find a more recent graph. I would only assume it would be bigger since the fact I mentioned above is up to date.