This group includes nonprofit organizations whose programming centers around their collections, and which are educational and cultural resources for their communities. These organizations tend to be among the most capital intensive of nonprofits as they need facilities to house their collections – think of the land and buildings used by zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens, as well as libraries and museums. This indicator measures the number of collections-based organizations for every 100,000 county residents, as indicated by nine specific NTEE codes:

  • A50 Museum & Museum Activities
  • A51 Art Museums
  • A52 Children’s Museums
  • A54 History Museums
  • A56 Natural History, Natural Science Museums
  • A57 Science & Technology Museums
  • B70 Libraries
  • C41 Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
  • D50 Zoos and Aquariums

This indicator is data from fiscal year 2010 obtained from National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) Core Files.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,581. Average county indicator value = 6.4. Median county indicator value = 3.8.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

International cultural tourism proves recession-proof. Arts travelers are ideal tourists—they stay longer and spend more.  The U.S. Dept of Commerce reports that the percentage of int’l travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown annually since 2003 (17% to 24%), while those including concerts and theater performances have increased five of the past seven years (13% to 17% since 2003).