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Home arrowEconomic Issues in Historic Preservation arrowWeb-Available Studies on the Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation
Web-Available Studies on the Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation

Does historic preservation make economic sense? Does it result in economic benefits as well as esthetic and cultural benefits for communities? The answer is yes, based on a growing number of studies that quantify the economic impacts of historic preservation.

The following statistics from recent studies are typical of the positive findings of preservation's economic benefits:

  • Since 2001, nine of Colorado’s ten Main Street communities have cumulatively attracted more than $21.5 million in private investment.
  • In Georgia, historic preservation creates more jobs per $1 million of economic activity than does the same amount in other major industries.
  • In the city of Dubuque, Iowa, the average annual growth rate for historic preservation rehabilitation property values is 51%, compared to 5% for all properties in the city from 2001 to 2006.
  • Spending by visitors to twenty surveyed Civil War battlefields generated a total of $21 million in state taxes and another $11.7 million in local government revenues.

The ACHP has compiled links to online studies on the economic impacts of historic preservation. The links to the studies fall into five categories:


Posted September 27, 2013

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