Northeast Region by the Numbers
We Have Something Just For YouThe Northeast Region (NER) spans across 13 states and is home to a large and diverse selection of sites to visit. Whether you're into learning history from reenactors, standing in awe in front of historic landmarks, walking in the footsteps of legends, climbing mountains, sauntering down a wooded path, or resting on a beautiful beach at sunset, we have something for you.
National Heritage Areas: 20
Designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources form a cohesive, nationally important landscape.
National Natural Landmarks: 147
Nationally significant and conserved as examples of the nation's biological and/or geological features.
National Historic Landmarks: 1,050
Secretary of the Interior designates nationally significant historic places. Just over 1,000 northeastern sites bear this distinction.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 3
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates globally significant heritage sites.
The Economic Impact of All National Parks: 2017It is important to know that spending by visitors to national parks provide great benefits as well as generate economic impacts in local and regional economies across the nation. The Northeast Region is a large part of that benefit. These visitor spending effects are the jobs and business activity that result from the direct and ripple effects of National Park Service visitors’ spending money within gateway economies surrounding parks. When looking back at the past five years, we can see the general spending growth, for the economy.
Across the Nation
In 2017, 331 million park visitors spent an estimated $18.2 billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands across the country. These expenditures supported a total of 306 thousand jobs, $1.9 billion in labor income, $20.3 billion in value added, and $35.8 billion in economic output in the national economy. Note: These numbers are based on the 2017 fiscal year, which is from October 1st, 2016, until September 30, 2017.
Numbers at a GlancePark Visitors: 331 Million
Spending: $18.2 Billion
Jobs Supported: 306,000
Labor Income: $11.9 Billion
Value Added: $20.3 Billion
Economic Output: $35.8 Billion
Graph 1A: Shows the 2017 data for Directly Affected Sectors for National Visitor Spending. $18.2 billion in total visitor spending. Broken down by: Camping $446M (2.45%), Gas $2.2B (12.09%), Groceries $1.3B (7.17%), Hotels $5.5B (30.42%), Recreation Industries $1.8B (9.97%), Restaurants $3.7B (20.34%), Retail $1.8B (10.06%), Transportation $1.4B (7.5%)
Graph 1B: Shows spending for years: 2013: $14.6 Billion, 2014: $15.7 Billion, 2015: $16.9 Billion and 2016: $18.4 Billion, and 2017: $18.2 Billion. (See graph)
Northeast Region Visitor Spending Impact: 2017In 2017, 76.1 Million park visitors spent an estimated $1.2 Billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands in the NER. These expenditures supported a total of 57 Thousand jobs, $1.6 Billion in labor income, $2.6 Billion in value added, and $3 Billion in economic output in the Region’s economy. Note: These numbers are based on the 2017 fiscal year, which is from October 1st, 2016, until September 30, 2017.
Numbers at a GlancePark Visitors: 59.4 Million
Local Spending: $2.8 Billion*
Jobs Supported: 41,228*
Labor Income: $1.6 Billion
Value Added: $2.6 Billion
Regional Economic Output: $4.2 Billion*
Jobs and Affected SectorsHotels: 7,227 jobs
Camping: 921 jobs
Restaurants: 11,332 jobs
Groceries: 967 jobs
Transportation: 678 jobs
Recreation Industries: 4,429 jobs
Retail: 3,120 jobs
Secondary Effects: 12,014 jobs
Graph 1C: Number of jobs within affected sectors. Total of 41 thousand jobs, broken down by: Hotels: 7,227 jobs, Camping: 921 jobs, Restaurants: 11,332 jobs, Groceries: 967 jobs, Gas: 550 jobs, Transportation: 678 jobs, Recreation Industries: 4,429 jobs, Retail: 3,120 jobs, Secondary Effects: 12,014 jobs.
Graph 1D: Regional Economic Job Contributions. Broken down by year. 2012: 31.2 thousand jobs, 2013: 30.5 thousand jobs, 2014: 36.3 thousand jobs, 2015: 37.5 thousand jobs, 2016: 41.2 thousand jobs.
Northeast Region Economic Contribution: Jobs
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* Visitor Spending is the total amount directly spent by both local and non-local visitors in local areas surrounding parks in calendar year 2017.
* Jobs is the total number of full time, part time, and temporary jobs in state economies resulting from all visitor spending in local areas surrounding parks in calendar year 2017.
* Economic Output measures the total estimated value of the production of goods and services resulting from all visitor spending in local areas surrounding parks in calendar year 2017.
Volunteering: A Tremendous Contribution
Volunteering is an American tradition that has made an immeasurable contribution to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country. Today’s volunteers are active, dynamic, creative individuals who possess the skills, desire, patience, and time to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.
With Your Help In 2017In Fiscal Year 2017, there were 302,065 individuals who volunteered 7,204,886.10 hours of voluntary service worth over $177 million to the National Park Service (based on the Independent Sector value of a volunteer hour is $24. – up 1.02 percent from the previous year).
The Northeast Region had 60,024 individual VIPs providing 1,449,362.1 hours of service worth over $35.7 million to the NER.
Numbers at a GlanceNational Volunteers: 302,065 Individuals
National Hours: 7,204,886.10
Value to the National Park Service: $177 Million
Northeast Region Volunteers: 60,024 Individuals
Northeast Region Hours: 1,449,362.1
Northeast Region Value: $35.7 Million
Last updated: February 15, 2019