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

Demand for arts in education by college-bound students is up!

According to data published by The College Board, the share of SAT test-takers with 4 years of arts or music classes in high school has grown over the past decade from 15% to 20%. The number of college arts degrees conferred annually have risen steadily from 75,000 to 129,000 over the past dozen years.