Special Report

States Where Investing in Parks Pays Off the Most

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45. New Hampshire
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.14%
> Overall value added from parks: $119.4 million — #45 highest
> GDP, 2019: $87.5 billion — #39 highest
> Park jobs: 1,847 — #47 most
> Park-related labor income: $80 million — #45 highest

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44. Vermont
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.14%
> Overall value added from parks: $47.1 million — #50 highest
> GDP, 2019: $34.1 billion — #50 highest
> Park jobs: 791 — #50 most
> Park-related labor income: $24 million — #50 highest

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43. Indiana
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.14%
> Overall value added from parks: $540.6 million — #28 highest
> GDP, 2019: $381 billion — #18 highest
> Park jobs: 10,169 — #28 most
> Park-related labor income: $331.5 million — #28 highest

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42. Kentucky
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.14%
> Overall value added from parks: $308.1 million — #37 highest
> GDP, 2019: $216.1 billion — #28 highest
> Park jobs: 5,735 — #35 most
> Park-related labor income: $159.9 million — #37 highest

41. Pennsylvania
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.14%
> Overall value added from parks: $1.2 billion — #14 highest
> GDP, 2019: $799.7 billion — #6 highest
> Park jobs: 14,840 — #17 most
> Park-related labor income: $694.9 million — #14 highest

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