Northeast Region by the Numbers

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The 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 Park Sites: 83

Wilderness areas, coastal habitats, historical and recreational trails, historic sites, battlefields.
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: 2017

It 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 Glance

Park 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)

National Visitor Spending Circle Graph 1
Graph 1A- 2017 Pie chart of Directly Affect Sectors for National Visitor Spending Impact. $18.2B in 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 (7.50%)
This graph shows national spending by visitors, from 2012 to 2016. Data is in text above.
Graph 1B: Shows spending for years: 2013: $14.6 Billion, 2014: $15.7 Billion, 2015: $16.9 Billion, 2016: $18.4 Billion, and 2017: $18.2 Billion.

Northeast Region Visitor Spending Impact: 2017

In 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 Glance

Park 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 Sectors

Hotels: 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

Northeast Region Job Impact Circle Graph
Graph 1C: Number of jobs within affected sectors. Total of 36 thousand jobs, broken down by: Hotels: 6,4407 jobs, Camping: 1,223 jobs, Restaurants: 9,448 jobs, Groceries: 948 jobs, Gas: 690 jobs, Transportation: 713 jobs, Recreation Industries: 4,185 jobs, Retail: 3,311 jobs, Secondary Effects: 9,412 jobs.
Northeast Region Parks 2017 Visitation Visitor Spending
Independence National Historical Park 4,790,758 $274,000,000
Castle Clinton National Monument 4,737,113 $114,000,000
Statue Of Liberty National Monument 4,441,988 $254,000,000
Cape Cod National Seashore 4,125,418 $177,000,000
Acadia National Park 3,509,271 $284,000,000
Boston National Historical Park 3,425,606 $196,000,000
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 3,400,944 $114,000,000
Colonial National Historical Park 3,333,448 $191,000,000
Assateague Island National Seashore 2,347,167 $98,272,000
Valley Forge National Historical Park 2,159,592 $26,800,000
Gateway National Recreation Area 1,925,378 $222,000,000
Shenandoah National Park 1,458,874 $95,800,000
New River Gorge National River 1,168,658 $49,900,000
Gettysburg National Military Park 1,038,649 $65,300,000
Minute Man National Historical Park 1,023,921 $58,500,000
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park 919,311 $52,600,000
Governors Island National Monument 625,653 $35,800,000
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 591,861 $33,824,000
Lowell National Historical Park 562,498 $32,200,000
Fire Island National Seashore 456,392 $19,400,000
Boston African American National Historic Site 413,151 $23,600,000
Salem Maritime National Historic Site 373,630 $21,400,000
Flight 93 National Memorial 364,082 $20,800,000
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site 360,436 $20,600,000
Federal Hall National Memorial 325,497 $18,600,000
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park 308,199 $17,600,000
Fort Necessity National Battlefield 294,145 $16,800,000
Morristown National Historical Park 268,295 $15,300,000
Adams National Historical Park 255,562 $14,600,000
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River 253,537 $10,800,000
Richmond National Battlefield Park 224,014 $12,800,000
Petersburg National Battlefield 208,473 $11,900,000
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site 201,837 $11,500,000
Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site 185,743 $10,600,000
Johnstown Flood National Memorial 171,376 $10,030,000
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 166,894 $8,700,000
George Washington Birthplace National Monument 122,457 $5,500,000
Gauley River National Recreation Area 118,733 $5,000,000
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park 113,960 $6,500,000
Fort Stanwix National Monument 106,936 $5,700,000
Steamtown National Historic Site 103,956 $5,500,000
Saratoga National Historical Park 97,781 $5,600,000
General Grant National Memorial 97,005 $5,500,000
Hamilton Grange National Memorial 85,603 $4,900,000
Roger Williams National Memorial 80,970 $4,600,000
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site 67,621 $3,900,000
Women's Rights National Historical Park 61,806 $4,400,000
Thomas Edison National Historical Park 59,323 $3,400,000
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site 55,186 $3,200,000
Longfellow National Historic Site 51,606 $3,000,000
Eisenhower National Historic Site 50,597 $29,000,000
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site 49,306 $2,800,000
Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park 46,523 $2,700,000
African Burial Ground National Monument 43,182 $2,500,000
Friendship Hill National Historic Site 39,377 $2,300,000
Weir Farm National Historic Site 38,096 $2,200,000
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site 37,556 $1,800,000
Hampton National Historic Site 32,327 $2,043,000
Bluestone National Scenic River 32,028 $1,486,000
John F Kennedy National Historic Site 30,399 $1,700,000
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site 28,585 $1,400,000
Booker T Washington National Monument 25,479 $1,500,000
Springfield Armory National Historic Site 25,109 $1,400,000
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site 24,884 $385,000
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site 22,023 $1,300,000
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site 21,190 $1,200,000
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site 14,878 $851,000
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site 12,256 $701,000
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site 11,872 $679,000
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site 11,388 $651,000
Maggie L Walker National Historic Site 10,738 $614,000
Thomas Stone National Historic Site 10,250 $586,000
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial 2,293 $131,000
Northeast Region Economic Graph for Jobs
Graph 1D: Regional Economic Job Contributions. Broken down by year. 2013: 30.5 thousand jobs, 2014: 36.3 thousand jobs, 2015: 37.5 thousand jobs, 2016: 41.2 thousand jobs, 2017: 36.3 thousand jobs.

* 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

Volunteers come from all over the world to help preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural heritage for the enjoyment of this and future generations. Volunteers of all ages give of their time and expertise to help achieve the National Park Service mission.

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 2017

In 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 Glance

National 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: July 16, 2019