Special Report

States Where Investing in Parks Pays Off the Most

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40. Mississippi
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.15%
> Overall value added from parks: $176.3 million — #40 highest
> GDP, 2019: $114.7 billion — #36 highest
> Park jobs: 4,053 — #40 most
> Park-related labor income: $85.4 million — #44 highest

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39. New Jersey
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.15%
> Overall value added from parks: $984.6 million — #18 highest
> GDP, 2019: $639.4 billion — #8 highest
> Park jobs: 15,800 — #15 most
> Park-related labor income: $577.7 million — #16 highest

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38. Maine
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.17%
> Overall value added from parks: $115.1 million — #46 highest
> GDP, 2019: $68.5 billion — #43 highest
> Park jobs: 2,381 — #45 most
> Park-related labor income: $67.5 million — #47 highest

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37. Michigan
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.17%
> Overall value added from parks: $925.5 million — #19 highest
> GDP, 2019: $531.4 billion — #14 highest
> Park jobs: 14,080 — #20 most
> Park-related labor income: $469.4 million — #22 highest

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36. Iowa
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.21%
> Overall value added from parks: $403.1 million — #32 highest
> GDP, 2019: $194.3 billion — #31 highest
> Park jobs: 7,364 — #32 most
> Park-related labor income: $232.5 million — #33 highest

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