Hawaii, Montana, Maine economies rely most on outdoor recreation, R.I. in middle of pack

Families and tourists enjoy some beach time on Block Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS
RHODE ISLAND's outdoor recreation industry accounted for 2.3% of the state's economic output, tied for No. 23 among the states with Arkansas and North Dakota. A scene from Block Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS
WASHINGTON – Hawaii, Montana and Maine are the three states whose economies depend most on outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, water sports, hunting and skiing. The outdoor recreational industry accounted for 5.4% of Hawaii’s gross domestic product in 2017, the largest share of all U.S. states. The Aloha State was followed by Montana and Maine,…

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