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 2012 obtained from National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) Core Files.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,610. Average county indicator value = 6.34. Median county indicator value = 3.86.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

U.S. Share of World Creative Goods Trade is Rebounding! Overall, America’s role in global cultural trade declined steadily from 2002 through 2009, but we have seen a rebound in 2010 and 2011. Almost all of this is due to exports, which change more—both up and down—than imports in the U.S. Trade surpluses are good news for the U.S. economy!