These data are obtained every year from Dun & Bradstreet for the annual “Creative Industries” studies published by Americans for the Arts. The data includes a tally of the total number of businesses in all industries, as well as the number of businesses in the 644 SIC codes that designate “Creative Industries” firms.

This indicator helps to describe the weight of the arts sector in a community’s overall business population. It is the percentage of all businesses in a community that are arts-centric. This is not measured per capita, but only within the population of all businesses tracked by D & B. Overall, it shows how competitive the arts are in the business sector of a community. Like many other indicators in this report, the county value establishes a baseline that can be used in later years as it is updated in the LAI

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 3,110. Average county indicator value = 2.50%. Median county indicator value = 2.30%.


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.