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Lincoln Home National Historic Site Tourism Creates $18.4M Economic Boost

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 239,719 visitors to Lincoln Home National Historic Site in 2016 spent $14,563,100 in communities near the park. (WICS)

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 239,719 visitors to Lincoln Home National Historic Site in 2016 spent $14,563,100 in communities near the park.

That spending supported 234 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $18,475,900.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 billion.

According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5%).

The report is available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: go.nps.gov/vse.

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