An important attribute of the arts economy is its weight in the total makeup of the establishments and businesses in an economy. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) is a system of 1,800 codes 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 particular indicator measures the share of all establishments in a county that are arts and culture industries, using 2009 County Business Patterns data from the Census Bureau.
Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 2,865. Average county indicator value = 1.80%. Median county indicator value = 1.70%.
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International arts exports increase: U.S. exports of arts goods increased from $56 to $64 billion between 2009 and 2010 (+12%). With U.S. imports at just $23 billion, the arts achieved a $41 billion trade surplus in 2010. The percentage of international travelers that include the arts on their visits to the U.S. has increased annually since 2003.