Outdoor recreation's impact on Missouri's economy is $14.9 billion and 133,000 jobs - and 25% of that is bicycling, walking, trails | Outdoor Recreation Association

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61% of Missouri residents participate in outdoor recreation each year.

Communities across Missouri recognize that outdoor recreation supports, contributes to a high quality of life and—perhaps most importantly—attracts and sustains employers and families. Investing in outdoor infrastructure attracts employers and active workforces, ensuring those communities thrive economically and socially.

In Missouri outdoor recreation generates:

$14.9 billion in consumer spending annually
133,000 direct jobs
$4.6 billion in wages and salaries
$889 million in state and local tax revenue

MoBikeFed comment: We know from previous studies that bicycling and trail sports compromise 25% of the total outdoor recreation economy.

That is a big impact on Missouri's economy--and one that is often overlooked.