In recent years, the federal government’s Institute for Museum and Library Services has engaged in a major effort to document the population of museums in the U.S. The IMLS dataset includes all manner of museums – of art, public history, natural history, and many other museums subsectors, including those that are private (commercial and nonprofit) and public, i.e., operated by a government body . While other museum databases have been prepared by private sector organizations, the IMLS data represent the most comprehensive tally of museums . It includes about 35,000 individual museums available to U.S. residents

This measure represents the number of those museums located in every county for every 100,000 county residents.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 2,973. Average county indicator value = 26.3. Median county indicator value = 15.8.


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.