Local Arts Index - Where I Live

What are these statistical values?

The Local Arts Index was launched in April 2012 as a tool to better understand the characteristics of the cultural life of individual communities as measured at the county level. It is comprised of a series of arts indicators measured on the county level, and drawn from a variety of secondary sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Claritas Research, Scarborough Research, the National Center of Charitable Statistics, and other sources.

In March 2013, we revised and updated some indicators, and removed some that were out of date. This current version give each community the ability to generate a full and comprehensive report on Where You Live.

Check back regularly for the release of additional indicators. And check the Blog page for the most recent posts about additions and what is happening with LAI across the country.

What is an arts indicator?

An arts indicator is a statistical measure created for the purpose of tracking a value or condition related to the arts. The Arts Index compresses many arts indicators into one number that is calculated the same way and at regular time intervals—making it easy to compare performance between time periods.

How is the Index organized?

The Local Arts Index is built around 4 dimensions-

  1. Arts Activity
  2. Resources
  3. Competitiveness, and
  4. Local Cultural Character

Within each of these dimensions are a series of factors that group indicators around similar issues such as government support or cultural participation. Click on the title for each dimension, factor and indicator and a window will pop up with the definition. For additional information visit the Methodology section on the FAQ page.

How do I use this data table?

  1. Select a state.
  2. Select a county.
  3. Compare up to four specific counties in the US where data is available. (Please note: some indicators may not be available for all counties.)
  4. You can click on the arts indicator names for more information on the source of this data and how to interpret it.

Visit this page weekly for updates and additional data on your community with an opportunity to see how you stack up!


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