Ready, Set, Go! Florida leads employment in private racetrack industries, 2018

June 07, 2019

Americans love the thrill of a good race, whether their preference leans towards cars, horses, or another type of race. In 2018, privately owned racetracks employed over 30,000 people across the United States. Florida (5,957) and California (2,414) employed the most people, followed by New York (1,925), Kentucky (1,925), Texas (1,720), Minnesota (1,442), Illinois (1,191), and New Jersey (1,020).

Employment in private racetrack industries, 2018 annual averages
State 2018 employment

Florida

5,957

California

2,414

New York

1,965

Kentucky

1,925

Texas

1,720

Minnesota

1,442

Illinois

1,191

New Jersey

1,020

Pennsylvania

826

Louisiana

775

Indiana

726

Washington

670

Ohio

581

Alabama

559

Arizona

543

Maryland

529

Virginia

470

New Hampshire

281

Iowa

280

Michigan

272

Tennessee

271

Georgia

269

Delaware

227

Massachusetts

178

Colorado

155

Maine

130

Idaho

127

Missouri

125

Connecticut

124

North Dakota

83

South Carolina

82

Montana

46

New Mexico

24

West Virginia

9

Hawaii

0

Rhode Island

0

Alaska

Not available

Arkansas

Not available

Kansas

Not available

Mississippi

Not available

Nebraska

Not available

Nevada

Not available

North Carolina

Not available

Oklahoma

Not available

Oregon

Not available

South Dakota

Not available

Utah

Not available

Vermont

Not available

Wisconsin

Not available

Wyoming

Not available

In 2018, California had the most privately owned racetracks, with 85 establishments. Florida had 60 racetracks, followed by Illinois with 41. Hawaii and Rhode Island didn't have any businesses in this industry in 2018.

Number of business establishments in private racetrack industries, 2018 annual averages
State Number of establishments

California

85

Florida

60

Illinois

41

Texas

40

New York

39

Ohio

30

Pennsylvania

29

Wisconsin

28

North Carolina

26

Indiana

24

Maryland

23

Virginia

22

Michigan

20

Minnesota

20

Iowa

18

Kentucky

18

Washington

18

South Dakota

16

Arizona

14

Georgia

14

South Carolina

14

Louisiana

13

Tennessee

13

Missouri

12

New Hampshire

12

New Jersey

12

Alabama

11

Oklahoma

11

Oregon

11

Colorado

10

Nebraska

9

Arkansas

8

Kansas

8

Maine

8

Massachusetts

8

Montana

7

North Dakota

7

Idaho

6

West Virginia

5

Connecticut

4

New Mexico

4

Utah

4

Vermont

4

Delaware

3

Mississippi

3

Alaska

2

Wyoming

2

Nevada

1

Hawaii

0

Rhode Island

0

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. For more data on establishments, employment, and wages, see the QCEW data retrieval tool. The racetrack industry includes automobile racetracks, dog racetracks, horse racetracks, and motorcycle racetracks.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Ready, Set, Go! Florida leads employment in private racetrack industries, 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/ready-set-go-florida-leads-employment-in-private-racetrack-industries-2018.htm (visited June 17, 2019).

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