This Study Found Two Key Hidden Benefits To Living Near A National Park

Are you thinking of settling down near a national park? Been considering an extended holiday out in nature? This new study might give you that final push.

Research from Oregon State University has revealed that living close to nature reserves could have a positive effect on your health…and your wallet.

Researchers found that people who lived near national parks, nature reserves, wilderness areas are (obviously) more likely to take advantage of the wonderful natural resources available at these parks, like swimming and hiking. This may give their mental and physical health a boost.

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And not only that – the study also found that people who lived near protected areas that drew some level of tourism were likely to have more money than those living elsewhere. That doesn’t mean that people living near national parks were “rich” or extremely wealthy, but that they had 17 percent higher levels of wealth than households located farther away.

Of course, these findings don’t exactly mean that living near a national park will automatically make you healthier and wealthier, but it doesn’t seem to hurt.