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

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!