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Employment in fitness and recreational sport centers in 2013

January 02, 2015

A new year, a fresh start; many Americans set New Year’s resolutions—including fitness goals—once the holiday season ends. You may find your local fitness or recreation center more crowded than usual during the first few weeks of January. Or you may be a first-time visitor. Fifty-three metropolitan areas had more than 100 private-sector fitness and recreational sports centers in 2013.

Metropolitan areas with 100 or more private-sector fitness and recreational sports centers, 2013 annual averages
Metropolitan Statistical Area Establishments

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

2,460

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

1,004

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

935

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

827

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

743

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

698

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

675

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

518

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

506

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

491

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

430

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

421

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

354

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

352

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

336

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

329

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

309

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

304

St. Louis, MO-IL

300

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

284

Pittsburgh, PA

279

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

266

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

238

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

235

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

230

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

230

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

230

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

221

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

221

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

212

Columbus, OH

210

Kansas City, MO-KS

203

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

201

Austin-Round Rock, TX

193

Raleigh, NC

189

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

176

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

174

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

169

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

158

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

148

Richmond, VA

147

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

147

Jacksonville, FL

146

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

142

Oklahoma City, OK

139

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

130

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

125

Rochester, NY

121

Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

120

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

119

New Haven-Milford, CT

114

Salt Lake City, UT

111

Worcester, MA-CT

106

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT: 158 establishments Worcester, MA-CT: 106 establishments Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX: 491 establishments San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA: 506 establishments San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: 212 establishments Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV: 125 establishments Providence-Warwick, RI-MA: 230 establishments Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY: 130 establishments Rochester, NY: 121 establishments Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: 698 establishments Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: 743 establishments New Orleans-Metairie, LA: 142 establishments Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL: 329 establishments Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL: 221 establishments Jacksonville, FL: 146 establishments Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL: 675 establishments Oklahoma City, OK: 139 establishments Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA: 201 establishments Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI: 935 establishments Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA: 518 establishments Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: 230 establishments Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA: 1,004 establishments Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Establishments: 430 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA: 235 establishments Salt Lake City, UT: 111 establishments Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO: 266 establishments Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA: 119 establishments Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI: 354 establishments Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI: 169 establishments Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI: 336 establishments Cleveland-Elyria, OH: 221 establishments Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN: 176 establishments Kansas City, MO-KS: 203 establishments St. Louis, MO-IL: 300 establishments Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN: 120 establishments Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN: 238 establishments Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN: 148 establishments Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC: 309 establishments Raleigh, NC: 189 establishments Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: 147 establishments Richmond, VA: 147 establishments Pittsburgh, PA: 279 establishments Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD: 352 establishments New Haven-Milford, CT: 114 establishments Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX: 421 establishments Austin-Round Rock, TX: 193 establishments San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX: 174 establishments Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ: 284 establishments Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA: 230 establishments San Diego-Carlsbad, CA: 304 establishments Columbus, OH: 210 establishments Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH: 827 establishments New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA: 2,460 establishments

The number of fitness and recreational sports centers ranged from 106 in Worcester, Massachusetts-Connecticut, to 2,460 in New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, area had 1,004 fitness and rec centers. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin, had 935 centers.

In 2013, about 523,600 people worked at private-sector fitness and recreational sports centers, up from 448,500 in 2001. Sporting goods stores employed 272,800 in 2013, up from 207,800 in 2001.

Employment in selected private-sector fitness and sporting goods industries, 2001–2013 annual averages
Year Fitness and recreational sports centers Sporting goods stores Sporting and athletic goods manufacturing Sporting goods merchant wholesalers

2001

448,473 207,803 65,821 46,802

2002

457,966 207,029 62,559 48,454

2003

464,652 207,184 59,556 48,058

2004

476,461 213,462 57,042 48,060

2005

481,591 219,701 53,074 48,310

2006

491,616 234,756 52,892 49,098

2007

500,001 245,706 51,828 50,113

2008

502,694 250,817 48,725 48,958

2009

497,730 236,757 42,922 45,901

2010

488,412 236,700 41,345 44,367

2011

493,993 246,885 41,482 45,416

2012

506,218 257,810 41,435 47,660

2013

523,593 272,824 42,301 49,510

Employment in sporting and athletic goods manufacturing declined from 2001 to 2013. Employment at sporting goods wholesalers ranged between 44,400 and 50,100 over the 13-year period.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. You can get more industry employment data for the nation, states, counties, and metropolitan areas through the QCEW data viewer tool.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in fitness and recreational sport centers in 2013 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/employment-in-fitness-and-recreational-sport-centers-in-2013.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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