Special Report

States Where Investing in Parks Pays Off the Most

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20. New York
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.29%
> Overall value added from parks: $5.2 billion — #3 highest
> GDP, 2019: $18 trillion — #3 highest
> Park jobs: 56,479 — #5 most
> Park-related labor income: $3.1 billion — #3 highest

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19. South Dakota
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.29%
> Overall value added from parks: $158.1 million — #42 highest
> GDP, 2019: $54 billion — #47 highest
> Park jobs: 3,378 — #41 most
> Park-related labor income: $92.6 million — #41 highest

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18. Kansas
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.29%
> Overall value added from parks: $518 million — #29 highest
> GDP, 2019: $176.7 billion — #33 highest
> Park jobs: 8,877 — #29 most
> Park-related labor income: $325.2 million — #29 highest

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17. Wisconsin
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.30%
> Overall value added from parks: $1 billion — #15 highest
> GDP, 2019: $344.7 billion — #21 highest
> Park jobs: 14,534 — #19 most
> Park-related labor income: $573.5 million — #17 highest

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16. Missouri
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.31%
> Overall value added from parks: $1.0 billion — #16 highest
> GDP, 2019: $332.3 billion — #22 highest
> Park jobs: 18,365 — #13 most
> Park-related labor income: $643.2 million — #15 highest

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