South Dakota State Parks: Economic contributions of visitation

This report details the economic contribution of visitation to South Dakota State Parks. Economic contributions associated with state park visitation are $312.1 million in direct spending. Park visitors’ expenditures cycle through the state economy generating additional rounds of spending by companies and individuals. These additional rounds of spending (aka “multiplier”) create additional jobs, tax revenues, income and economic growth. In total, considering park system visitors’ initial spending and the subsequent multiplier effects, South Dakota’s state parks are responsible for 3,927 jobs, $139.4 million in labor income (salaries, wages and business proprietors’ income), $232.0 million in economic growth and $44.8 million in state and local tax revenue. Learn more about the economic contributions of park visitation in the report linked below!

South Dakota State Parks: Economic contributions of visitation (2022)

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