Key stats and facts of gaming industry

Sep 13, 2005 8:15 AM

Think you know a lot about gaming? Try on some of these key commercial gaming facts.

In 2004, the U.S. commercial casino industry consisted of 445 casinos in 11 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey and South Dakota.

More than 54 million people — more than one-quarter of the U.S. population over the age of 21 — visited casinos last year, making a total of 319 million visits.

Total consumer spending on gambling in 2004 totaled $78.6 billion — a 7.6 percent increase over the year before. Consumer spending on commercial casino gaming totaled $29 billion in 2004, up from $27 billion in 2003.

Commercial casinos directly provided nearly 350,000 jobs with wages of more than $12 billion (including tips and benefits) in 2004.

The U.S. commercial casino industry paid more than $4.69 billion in direct gaming taxes to state and local governments in 2004, $370 million more than 2003.

In 2004, Native American casinos were located in 28 states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

More Americans played the lottery in 2004 than participated in any other form of gambling activity. Fifty-three percent of Americans over the age of 21 played the lottery last year, up from 46 percent in 2003.

Forty states, as well as the District of Columbia, operate lotteries in the United States. Forty-three states allow pari-mutuel wagering, and charitable gaming is permitted in 47 states and the District of Columbia.

Racetrack casinos, or racinos, are located in seven states across the country: Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The 23 operational racinos generated nearly $2.9 billion in total revenue in 2004, a 30 percent increase over 2003 figures. Racinos employed 14,225 people and generated $1.04 billion for state and local governments, up $300 million from 2003.