If you want to know how things are in rural areas like upstate New York, this report by Brian Mann sheds some light.
There has been a tug-of-war between tourism and industry here, but I think most industry has given up the fight because of changing economic realities. Young people don’t usually stick around the area because of job opportunities elsewhere, leaving an industry of tourism built upon remote areas. Now the traits that have made these areas desirable before can end up hurting them because of their lack of infrastructure.
This report states that in 2012 about 12% of the jobs available in the Adirondacks were tourism related. I thought it was higher.