The Department of the Interior reports visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2021 resulted in a $42.5 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 322,600 mostly local jobs.
“Nature is essential to the health, well-being and prosperity of every family and community in America, as well as to the local economies of gateway communities that support our national parks,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “As we continue to welcome families to our parks and public lands across the country, the Interior Department is committed to making investments in our lands and waters that will support tens of thousands of jobs, safeguard the environment, and help ensure that national parks and public lands are ready to meet the challenges of climate change and increased visitation.”
According to the National Park Service report, 2021 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, approximately 297 million visitors spent $20.5 billion in communities within 60 miles of a national park. Of the 322,600 jobs supported by visitor spending, 268,900 jobs were in park gateway communities.
Additional findings include:
- Visitor spending in 2021 meant $14.6 billion in labor income and $24.3 billion in value added.
- The lodging sector saw the highest direct effects, with $7 billion in economic output directly contributed to this sector nationally.
- The restaurant sector saw the next greatest effects, with $4.2 billion in economic output directly contributed to this sector nationally.