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: 154
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.
National Register of Historic Places: 26,600
The official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to American culture.
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: 2016

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 the 2016, 331 million park visitors spent an estimated $18.4 billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands across the country. These expenditures supported a total of 318.1 thousand jobs, $12 billion in labor income, $19.9 billion in value added, and $34.9 billion in economic output in the national economy. Note: These numbers are based on the 2016 fiscal year, which is from October 1st, 2015, until September 30, 2016.

Numbers at a Glance

Park Visitors: 331 Million
Spending: $18.4 Billion
Jobs Supported: 318,100
Labor Income: $12 Billion
Value Added: $19.9 Billion
Economic Output: $34.9 Billion

Graph 1A: Shows the 2016 data for Directly Affected Sectors for National Visitor Spending. $18.4 billion in total visitor spending. Broken down by: Camping $465.4M (2.53%), Gas $2.1B (11.68%), Groceries $1.3B (6.94%), Hotels $5.75B (31.17%), Recreation Industries $1.9B (10.25%), Restaurants $3.7B (20.26%), Retail $1.8B (9.73%), Transportation $1.4B (7.43%)

Graph 1B: Shows spending for years: 2012: $14.7 Billion, 2013: $14.6 Billion, 2014: $15.7 Billion, 2015: $16.9 Billion and 2016: $18.4 Billion. (See graph)

National Visitor Spending Circle Graph 1
Graph 1A- 2016 Pie chart of Directly Affect Sectors for National Visitor Spending Impact. $18.4B in visitor spending. Broken down by Camping $465.4M (2.53%), Gas $2.1B (11.68%), Groceries $1.3B (6.94%), Hotels $5.75B (31.17%), Recreation Industries $1.9B (10.25%), Restaurants $3.7B (20.26%), Retail $1.8B (9.73%), Transportation $1.4B (7.43%)
This graph shows national spending by visitors, from 2012 to 2016. Data is in text above.
Graph 1B: Shows spending for years: 2012: $14.7 Billion, 2013: $14.6 Billion, 2014: $15.7 Billion, 2015: $16.9 Billion and 2016: $18.4 Billion.

Northeast Region Visitor Spending Impact: 2016

In 2016, 59.4 Million park visitors spent an estimated $2.8 Billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands in the NER. These expenditures supported a total of 41 Thousand jobs, $1.6 Billion in labor income, $2.6 Billion in value added, and $4.2 Billion in economic output in the Region’s economy. Note: These numbers are based on the 2016 fiscal year, which is from October 1st, 2015, until September 30, 2016.

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 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.
Northeast Region Parks 2016 Visitation Visitor Spending
Independence National Historical Park 5,067,511 $296,290,000
Acadia National Park 3,303,394 $274,209,000
Statue Of Liberty National Monument 4,501,548 $263,199,000
Gateway National Recreation Area 8,651,771 $211,482,000
Cape Cod National Seashore 4,692,795 $204,549,000
Colonial National Historical Park 3,352,655 $196,025,000
Boston National Historical Park 2,594,495 $151,696,000
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 3,677,744 $126,386,000
Castle Clinton National Monument 4,812,931 $117,642,000
Assateague Island National Seashore 2,267,822 $98,272,000
Shenandoah National Park 1,437,341 $96,204,000
Gettysburg National Military Park 1,091,320 $70,131,000
Minute Man National Historical Park 1,049,415 $61,358,000
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park 969,895 $56,708,000
New River Gorge National River 1,197,930 $52,098,000
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 610,987 $35,724,000
Lowell National Historical Park 541,825 $31,680,000
Valley Forge National Historical Park 2,428,724 $30,662,000
Governors Island National Monument 522,860 $30,571,000
Boston African American National Historic Site 414,170 $24,216,000
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site 387,855 $22,677,000
Flight 93 National Memorial 385,123 $22,518,000
Salem Maritime National Historic Site 371,989 $21,750,000
Fort Necessity National Battlefield 290,021 $18,681,000
Fire Island National Seashore 431,303 $18,628,000
Federal Hall National Memorial 314,531 $18,390,000
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park 303,139 $17,724,000
Morristown National Historical Park 252,515 $14,764,000
Richmond National Battlefield Park 208,969 $12,218,000
Adams National Historical Park 199,300 $11,653,000
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River 264,362 $11,504,000
Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site 193,272 $11,300,000
Petersburg National Battlefield 191,899 $11,220,000
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site 189,370 $11,072,000
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park 177,499 $10,378,000
Johnstown Flood National Memorial 154,932 $9,577,000
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 145,499 $7,810,000
General Grant National Memorial 109,151 $6,382,000
Saratoga National Historical Park 102,807 $6,011,000
George Washington Birthplace National Monument 129,750 $5,910,000
Steamtown National Historic Site 99,660 $5,403,000
Fort Stanwix National Monument 94,006 $5,179,000
Gauley River National Recreation Area 115,888 $5,021,000
Hamilton Grange National Memorial 85,348 $4,990,000
Roger Williams National Memorial 65,587 $3,835,000
Women's Rights National Historical Park 52,683 $3,828,000
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site 63,480 $3,712,000
Thomas Edison National Historical Park 57,695 $3,373,000
Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park 55,716 $3,258,000
Eisenhower National Historic Site 55,551 $3,248,000
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site 54,168 $3,167,000
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site 53,920 $3,153,000
Longfellow National Historic Site 49,698 $2,906,000
African Burial Ground National Monument 46,526 $2,720,000
Weir Farm National Historic Site 39,080 $2,285,000
Friendship Hill National Historic Site 37,848 $2,213,000
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site 42,377 $2,117,000
Hampton National Historic Site 34,943 $2,043,000
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site 29,200 $1,707,000
John F Kennedy National Historic Site 25,468 $1,489,000
Bluestone National Scenic River 34,139 $1,486,000
Booker T Washington National Monument 23,439 $1,370,000
Springfield Armory National Historic Site 22,434 $1,312,000
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site 22,100 $1,292,000
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site 20,831 $1,218,000
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site 14,828 $867,000
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site 13,856 $810,000
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site 11,160 $653,000
Thomas Stone National Historic Site 10,652 $623,000
Maggie L Walker National Historic Site 9,589 $561,000
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site 8,936 $522,000
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site 6,583 $385,000
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial 2,795 $163,000
Northeast Region Economic Graph for 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.

* Visitor Spending is the total amount directly spent by both local and non-local visitors in local areas surrounding parks in calendar year 2016.

* 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 2016.

* 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 2016.

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 314,533 thousand individuals who volunteered 7,125,627 hours of voluntary service worth over $172 million to the National Park Service (based on the Independent Sector value of a volunteer hour is $24.14 – up 2.5 percent from the previous year).

The Northeast Region had 70,257 individual VIPs providing 1,550,373 hours of service worth over $36 million to the NER. These numbers represent an 8% increase in both VIPs and hours served from FY16 in the NER.

Numbers at a Glance

National Volunteers: 314,533 Individuals
National Hours: 7,125,627
Value to the National Park Service: $172 Million

Northeast Region Volunteers: 70,257 Individuals
Northeast Region Hours: 1,550,373
Northeast Region Value: $36 Million

Last updated: January 17, 2018