Top Recreational Boating States by Economic Impact: Illinois

Data from NMMA’s recently released 2023 economic impact study, which measured the U.S. recreational boating industry’s total economic activity as well number of jobs supported, is a helpful tool when meeting with decision makers or marketing the importance of recreational boating to local and national economies.

NMMA continues to countdown the top 20 states throughout the summer with Illinois, ranked 16th in the U.S. for recreational boating economic impact. Recreational boating in Illinois has more than $5.5 billion in annual economic impact and supports over 16,000 jobs.

A detailed infographic for Illinois can be downloaded by NMMA members and industry stakeholders here.

Click here to read the full study release

For questions related to the 2023 Economic Impact Study of the Recreational Boating Industry, contact NMMA’s Business Intelligence team at


The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the nation’s leading trade association representing boat, marine engine and accessory manufacturers. Collectively, NMMA members manufacture an estimated 80 percent of marine products used in North America. NMMA is a unifying force and powerful voice for the recreational boating industry, working to strengthen and grow boating and protect the interests of its member companies.