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Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments


Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments

What does this measure?

The number of establishments in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector, shown as a rate per 10,000 people.

Why is this important?

Arts and cultural attractions bring visitors and money into a region, and contribute to the vitality and prestige of a community.

How is our county doing?

In 2016, there were 5.3 establishments in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector per 10,000 residents in Essex County. This was higher than the U.S. rate of 4.2 and slightly higher than the state rate of 5.0.

Since 2000, the county rate has fluctuated, starting at a low of 4.4 in 2000 and peaking at 5.2 in 2006. The rate declined from 2009 to 2012 before increasing in 2013 to 2016. Both the state and national rates increased from 2000 until mid-decade, then declined slightly, and then increased in recent years. Overall, in Essex County the number of establishments in this sector per 10,000 residents in 2016 was 17% higher than in 2000. The state and nation also increased 18% and 12% over this time period.

How do we compare to similar counties?

In 2016, the number of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation establishments per 10,000 residents in Lake County, IL and Middlesex County, MA (5.1 and 4.9, respectively) were similar to Essex, while the rate was significantly higher in Westchester County, NY (6.9).

Notes about the data

County establishment estimates are reported by place of work, not place of residence. 2017 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter of 2019. An establishment is a single physical location at which business is conducted or services or industrial operations are performed.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Essex County, MA4.44.54.54.84.95.05.25.25.25.05.04.95.05.25.25.35.3
Middlesex County, MA4.04.04.34.34.64.64.74.74.74.64.64.64.64.74.75.04.9
Lake County, IL4.04.34.24.44.64.74.74.75.04.84.85.05.05.04.95.05.1
Westchester County, NY6.16.36.66.86.97.07.07.17.06.86.96.86.87.06.86.96.9
Massachusetts4.14.14.44.64.84.84.84.94.84.74.74.74.74.84.84.95.0

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rates are per 10,000 residents.




Number of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Essex County, MA315326329352356366381381380373370368381396401412417
Middlesex County, MA581586635634677667683691692685694696710728741794783
Lake County, IL259283279291313322321327348339341349353350346354362
Westchester County, NY567590617632645653656667660643657649657680662676677
Massachusetts2,6272,6552,8542,9693,0483,0583,0633,1363,1243,0543,0503,0783,1143,1993,2503,3523,395

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




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