Arts & Culture

Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, and San Francisco, 2012

Data Source:

Americans for the Arts

National Center for Charitable Statistics


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data are from the Americans for the Arts Local Index. Arts Donation data represents the share of all households that donate to arts and culture organizations, including public broadcasting. 2011 data was collected in 2009-2011, and 2014 data was collected in 2012-2014 by Scarborough Research. Consumer Expenditure data represents a per capita estimate of dollars spent in 2015 by county residents on admissions to entertainment venues – theatres, concert halls, clubs, arenas, outdoor amphitheaters, and stadiums – as well as on products such as recorded media, photographic equipment, musical instruments, and reading materials. These estimates combine the most recent Consumer Expenditure Survey data with an annual modeling of spending patterns. The number of employees in arts and culture industries is calculated using total employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) and data from the Americans for the Arts Local Index (which uses County Business Patterns data from the Census Bureau). Arts and culture industries included a set of 44 North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes selected by Americans for the Arts. In 2009, there were data available from the County Business Patterns on employees for 1,080 of the 3,143 American counties. In 2011 there were data available for 997 counties. And in 2013, there were data available for 923 counties. Data for Nonprofit Arts Organizations are from the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) at the Urban Institute. Arts Nonprofits are defined by 43 different categories of several major arts-related groups in the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE), and only include organizations that filed the IRS Form 990 in 2009. Arts Establishments include businesses and artists serving the community, and are defined by 44 North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes representative of arts and culture. Data are from the United States Census Bureau County Business Patterns series.

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