Any community’s cultural character will be influenced by the mix of local cultural expressions, traditions, and culture, and how they are combined with broader regional, national, and even global effects. This factor has three indicators available from secondary, nation-wide data that available for most counties.


Fast Facts from the Arts Index

Consumer arts spending steady at $150 billion!

Since 2002, consumer spending on the arts has remained in the $150 billion range, though as a share of all expenditures it has slipped from 1.88% in 2002 to 1.45% in 2010. Following four years of decreases, musical instrument sales rebounded, growing from $5.9 billion in 2009 to $6.3 billion in 2010.