Special Report

States Where Investing in Parks Pays Off the Most

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15. Maryland
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.32%
> Overall value added from parks: $1.3 billion — #13 highest
> GDP, 2019: $421.6 billion — #15 highest
> Park jobs: 17,931 — #14 most
> Park-related labor income: $827.2 million — #13 highest

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14. Washington
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.34%
> Overall value added from parks: $2.0 billion — #10 highest
> GDP, 2019: $597.9 billion — #10 highest
> Park jobs: 24,825 — #11 most
> Park-related labor income: $1.2 billion — #10 highest

13. Utah
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.35%
> Overall value added from parks: $675 million — #23 highest
> GDP, 2019: $195.1 billion — #30 highest
> Park jobs: 14,838 — #18 most
> Park-related labor income: $355.3 million — #25 highest

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12. Ohio
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.35%
> Overall value added from parks: $2.5 billion — #7 highest
> GDP, 2019: $693.2 billion — #7 highest
> Park jobs: 34,546 — #7 most
> Park-related labor income: $1.6 billion — #6 highest

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11. New Mexico
> Value added from parks as % of GDP: 0.38%
> Overall value added from parks: $389 million — #33 highest
> GDP, 2019: $102 billion — #37 highest
> Park jobs: 6,121 — #34 most
> Park-related labor income: $238.6 million — #32 highest

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