After 8 months, Yellowstone National Park is on track to break the most visitors it has had in its recorded history. After the high season starts to wrap up in late August to early September, park officials generally have a good idea of how well the year has gone and will go—so far, Yellowstone continues to trend more visitors each and every year, with old highs quickly becoming the new baselines.
After August, the park had a total of 3.1 million visitors. That number is 15% higher than the total seen after 8 months in 2014. In 2014 through August, Yellostone had 2.7 million visitors and in 2013 they had 2.3 million visitors. Its pretty clear the park continues to attract more visitors each and every year.
In August alone, 854,000 people visited Yellowstone –10 percent more than those who visited in August 2014. Each of Yellowstone’s five entrances also saw higher vehicle traffic.
From a real estate perspective, more visitors will ultimately lead to more permanent residents. As noted in a previous tourism article, 1/10 of current residents were drawn here either through a seasonal, outdoor job or simply by visiting the local tourist attractions. Gallatin County’s economic growth and population growth both seem to have been positively affected by the amount of accessible public land nearby.
As Yellowstone tourism numbers continue to increase, it would not be a surprise to see the nearby towns’ populations and development follow suit.