Which AMC States Generate The Highest Tax Revenues from Outdoor Recreation?

May 29, 2019

tax revenues from outdoor recreation

Across the nation, outdoor recreation generates more than $59 billion in local and state tax revenues each year. When we buy a lift ticket, purchase new boots, or spend the night in a hotel before a big hike, tax revenues flow to towns and states. But some states benefit more, proportionally, from these revenues than others. Who are the big winners in AMC’s region? Where New York raked in the most overall, with $3.6 billion in 2017 (or 4 percent of its tax revenues), New Hampshire’s $528 million tax haul accounted for 21 percent of its tax revenues—tops in the region and second nationally, behind Wyoming. By contrast, Massachusetts ranked last nationally, with slightly more than 3 percent of tax revenues coming from outdoor recreation. According to Amy Roberts, the executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association, “Understanding these differences is critical because it helps local politicians see the value of investing in and protecting natural resources.”

Source: Outdoor Industry Association


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Matthew Heard

Dr. Matthew Heard teaches Environmental Science and biology at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.