How Casinos Enable Gambling AddictsA Good Way to Wreck a Local Economy:Build Casinos. No one should look to the gambling industry to revive cities, "because that's not what casinos do." This article is a must read. 

Do casinos help communities grow? Here is a link to census data for Erie, Washington, and Adams County PA.  The data shows that 2010-2016 Erie shrank 1.6%, Washington grew 0.1%, and Adams grew 0.8%.  Erie is home to Presque Isle, and Washington is home to the Meadows.  Both counties should have benefited from Local Share Assessment from casinos to spur development.  Neither has shown the growth of Adams.  If casinos were so great and attracted business and people then one would think that Erie and Washington would be outperforming Adams in population growth.  But such is not the case. 

The number of citizens in America who believe state-sanctioned gambling has been a spectacular failure continues to build unstoppable momentum. The most recent example of this is New Jersey, a state government that has sanctioned gambling as much as any state in the US. In a recent poll, an astonishing 62% of NJ citizens said “gambling has not been good for the state." Perhaps even more revealing is that 60% also believe gambling hasn’t been beneficial for Atlantic City.

ADDICTION increases near casinos. Read How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

One Study found that retail sales in casino towns in Iowa were much less than retail sales in non-casino towns in the same period. 

Why Casinos Matter: 31 Evidence Based Propositions from the Health and Human Sciences A comprehensive report on the impact of casinos on their areas.

Here are three studies Volunteers did for us in 2010 regarding the MAson Dixon Resort Casino:

GAMBLING WITH GETTYSBURG: A CROSS-SECTOR STUDY OF THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF A CASINO ON THE GETTYSBURG HERITAGE TOURISM INDUSTRY Statistical and Peer-Reviewed Literature Study by Violet T. Clark, MPA/MPP

Social Costs of Proposed Mason-Dixon Gettysburg Casino to Adams County Keith Miller, 2010

Comparative Analysis of Mason Dixon's Local Impact Report, Keith Miller, 2010