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: 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: 2016It 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 GlancePark 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)
Northeast Region Visitor Spending Impact: 2016In 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 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
|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|
* 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
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 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 GlanceNational 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