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U.S. Casino Gaming’s Local Economic Impacts

Gaming locations, jobs, taxes and economic impacts, by state
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U.S. Casino Gaming’s Local Economic Impacts

March 1, 2019

Spread across 42 states, commercial and tribal casino operators and gaming suppliers provide diverse career opportunities, a diversified tax base and a broad set of entertainment options.

This research quantifies the economic impact of the casino gaming industry on a national level, as well as on each state with active commercial and/or tribal casino gaming: breaking down total economic impact, number of jobs supported, amount of taxes and tribal revenue share payments paid to states as well as the location of each casino.

At the close of 2018, there were 979 casino gaming locations in the United States. These are tribal gaming locations as defined by the National Indian Gaming Commission and commercial casino locations that are licensed, individual land-based casinos, riverboat casinos, racetrack casinos (racinos) and jai alai frontons.

Commercial casino locations do not include other forms of commercial gaming, such as bars, taverns or truck stops with video lottery terminals, video gaming terminals or electronic gaming devices, animal racetracks without gaming machines such as horse and dog tracks, slot-route operation locations, instant racing terminal locations or off-track betting operations, lottery/retail locations, card rooms, standalone sportsbooks, or other locations in which gaming is incidental to the location’s primary business.