Consumer expenditures in the arts are a key resource, providing the financial fuel to both nonprofit and commercial arts enterprises. Consumer expenditures include spending on admission fees, books, recorded music and other media, photography, movies and more. Data for indicators in this factor come from Claritas Research and were gathered in 2009. They are county-level estimates of total consumer expenditure in the selected area, converted to dollars per capita.


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!