Special Report

States Where Investing in Parks Pays Off the Most

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35. Louisiana
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.22%
> Overall value added from parks: $550.2 million — #27 highest
> GDP, 2019: $254.6 billion — #24 highest
> Park jobs: 11,032 — #26 most
> Park-related labor income: $335.9 million — #27 highest

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34. Tennessee
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.24%
> Overall value added from parks: $897 million — #22 highest
> GDP, 2019: $376.9 billion — #19 highest
> Park jobs: 14,078 — #21 most
> Park-related labor income: $552.3 million — #20 highest

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33. South Carolina
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.24%
> Overall value added from parks: $583.6 million — #26 highest
> GDP, 2019: $244.7 billion — #26 highest
> Park jobs: 11,064 — #25 most
> Park-related labor income: $309.5 million — #30 highest

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32. West Virginia
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.24%
> Overall value added from parks: $190 million — #39 highest
> GDP, 2019: $79.1 billion — #41 highest
> Park jobs: 2,977 — #42 most
> Park-related labor income: $109.9 million — #39 highest

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31. Nevada
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.25%
> Overall value added from parks: $449.5 million — #30 highest
> GDP, 2019: $181.7 billion — #32 highest
> Park jobs: 10,784 — #27 most
> Park-related labor income: $86.9 million — #42 highest

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