The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) is a system for classifying businesses into different industries. The Local and National Arts Index reports use a set of 44 NAICS codes that we selected as the best representation of arts and culture from those 1,800 codes. The Census Bureau provides county-level tallies of establishments, employment, and payroll in the County Business Patterns web site. This may include some nonprofit organizations as well as businesses.

The federal government provides county-level tallies of establishments, employment, and payroll in the County Business Patterns pages on the Census Bureau web site. This indicator measures the number of arts and culture establishments in 2012 as defined in those 44 NAICS codes for every 100,000 residents. It covers some of the same ground as the Creative Industries studies, but uses a broader brush and a publicly available classification system. Like the Creative Industries indicator, it shows the range of choice for residents and the extent of competition, but also the benefits of clustering.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 2,839. Average county indicator value = 42.1. Median county indicator value = 32.0.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).