Special Report

States Where Investing in Parks Pays Off the Most

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10. Oregon
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.40%
> Overall value added from parks: $988.8 million — #17 highest
> GDP, 2019: $246.7 billion — #25 highest
> Park jobs: 15,617 — #16 most
> Park-related labor income: $570.5 million — #18 highest

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9. Wyoming
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.41%
> Overall value added from parks: $164.3 million — #41 highest
> GDP, 2019: $39.6 billion — #49 highest
> Park jobs: 2,926 — #43 most
> Park-related labor income: $77.4 million — #46 highest

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8. Georgia
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.43%
> Overall value added from parks: $2.8 billion — #6 highest
> GDP, 2019: $637.8 billion — #9 highest
> Park jobs: 37,469 — #6 most
> Park-related labor income: $1.6 billion — #7 highest

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7. Oklahoma
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.44%
> Overall value added from parks: $903.7 million — #21 highest
> GDP, 2019: $203.7 billion — #29 highest
> Park jobs: 12,941 — #23 most
> Park-related labor income: $556.2 million — #19 highest

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6. Florida
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.44%
> Overall value added from parks: $5.0 billion — #4 highest
> GDP, 2019: $1.1 trillion — #4 highest
> Park jobs: 71,466 — #3 most
> Park-related labor income: $2.6 billion — #5 highest

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