The Economic Impact of Tribal Gaming: A State-By-State Analysis
The tribal gaming sector generates 45 percent of all gaming revenue in the U.S., and is a critical driver of economic activity
The U.S. casino gaming industry is a significant contributor to the national as well as state economies, driving an array of economic activity including spending, jobs, wages, taxes, other government revenue and capital investment. The tribal gaming sector, which generates 45 percent of all gaming revenue in the U.S., is a critical driver of that economic activity.
American Gaming Association (AGA) released a comprehensive study of the state-by-state economic impact of tribal casino gaming in the United States.
This is the second consecutive year that the American Gaming Association has conducted a comprehensive study of the economic impact of tribal gaming. This data, in conjunction in previously released commercial gaming data from Oxford Economics, allows for a detailed state-by-state breakdown of casino gaming’s economic impact.
About the research: On behalf of the American Gaming Association, Meister Economic Consulting measured the economic and fiscal impacts of Class II and Class III tribal gaming on the U.S. and state economies. The study relies on tribal gaming data that served as the basis for the 2018 Edition of the Indian Gaming Industry Report, including gaming revenue, non-gaming revenue (e.g., revenue from food and beverages, lodging, retail and entertainment) and gaming related revenue share payments by tribes to federal, state, and local governments (e.g., regulatory payments and local and state revenue sharing). Tribal gaming data used in this study are for calendar year 2016, the most current year for which they are available.
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