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What States Have Casinos? Numbers and Statistics

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We all know that there are plenty of land-based and riverboat casinos in states like Nevada and Oklahoma, but do you know exactly which states have them? 

That’s precisely the question we’ll answer in this short piece. We’ll also give you some other interesting statistics on commercial and Native American casinos in the US, so keep reading!

What States Have Casinos?

It’s easier to say which states don’t have casinos, because as many as 42 states have either commercial or Native American casinos — or in some cases, both. Here’s what you should know about them.

Statistics on Brick-and-Mortar Casinos in the US

Now that we’ve answered the main question, it’s time to look into some details, i.e. some actual statistics and numbers you’ll find interesting. Among others, we’ll look at the number of casinos in the US, the states that have them and how many, and much more. 

1. The United States has 987 casinos.

(American Gaming Association, 2020)

This number includes commercial casinos (land-based casinos, riverboat casinos, racetrack casinos, and jai alai frontons) and Native American casinos. 

If you broaden the scope of the term casino to include smaller establishments, you reach a number of 2,157 casinos, putting the US in the number one spot in the world. 

2. The US has 525 Native American casinos. 

(Statista, 2020)

The number has been slowly growing during the past decade and a half. In 2005, there were only 406 Native American casinos, while the number reached the 500 mark in 2016.

3. According to stats from 2020, the US has 462 commercial casinos.

(Statista, 2020)

This number has been on the up and down since 2005, when there were 455 casinos. 2016 was the peak year, when the US had as many as 524 commercial casinos. However, that number dropped to 460 in 2017, without moving much in the following years. 

4. Nevada casinos earned $7.87 billion in 2020, the most of all states. 

(Statista, 2020)

Nevada has had time to build up its casino arsenal, having legalized gambling back in 1931. This is one of the main reasons why its casinos’ annual revenues are the highest. 

For comparison, the second state on this revenue list is New Jersey, with almost three times lower numbers, sitting at $2.88 billion in 2020. 

5. The top 10 states with the most casinos together have 775 casinos.

(World Atlas, 2017)

Here’s a list of the top 10 states by the number of casinos in them:

  1. Nevada — 334
  2. Oklahoma — 134
  3. California — 62
  4. Colorado — 40
  5. South Dakota — 39 
  6. Florida — 35
  7. Mississippi — 35
  8. Arizona — 34
  9. Washington — 32
  10. Michigan — 30

We’d just like to note that these numbers are from 2017, and some states have since probably added more casinos to that list, most prominently Nevada.

6. The US has only six states without any casinos.

(American Gaming Association, 2020)

The states that don’t have any form of a casino are:

  • Hawaii
  • Utah
  • Kentucky
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • Virginia
  • Vermont

7. Utah is the only state that will likely never have casinos. 

(Best US Casinos, 2020)

Utah and Hawaii are the only two states that ban all forms of gambling. However, Utah will likely never change its stance on gambling for one simple reason — Mormonism. 

The state is the center of the faith, and most people there belong to it. And for those unaware, Mormonism strictly forbids any form of gambling, so it’s unlikely that Utah will ever let its residents play in a casino. 

8. The economic impact of all US casinos is $261.36 billion. 

(American Gaming Association, 2020)

They also support 1.8 million jobs, while the gross gaming revenue is $57.8 billion. The pandemic managed to damage these numbers only in 2020, with the 2021 revenues reaching $44.15 billion by October

9. The largest casino in the US is the WinStar World Casino & Resort. 

(Gambling.com, 2020)

The casino is located in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and boasts 400,000 square feet. Due to this, it’s the largest casino in the state, the US, and the world. 

What’s more, you can find as many as 8,500 slot machines, 100 table games, and 55 poker tables in WinStar. 

The Bottom Line

As you can see, most US states have casinos in them. More states will likely follow in the near or distant future, but Utah will likely remain the only staunch anti-gambling defender in the US.

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