Culture, heritage, history, and study are at the center of these organizations’ activities. In generating reflection and comparison, they preserve important elements of our social character in diverse ways. Organizations of this type include ethnic and racial heritage organizations promoting long-held customs and traditions, as well as those that focus on distinctly local history, commemoration, and attributes. This indicator measures the number of humanities and heritage organizations for every 100,000 county residents, referring to organizations with the following NTEE codes .

  • A23 Cultural/Ethnic Awareness
  • A70 Humanities Organizations
  • A80 Historical Societies and Related Activities
  • A82 Historical Societies & Historic Preservation

Data come from the 2012 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,755. Average county indicator value = 7.02. Median county indicator value = 3.96.

 

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