The Arts in Neighborhood Choice: Findings from the 2015 American Housing Survey (2015)

Posted March 2019

The subject of this profile is the role that local arts and cultural events play in determining where Americans choose to live. The National Endowment for the Arts collaborated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ask a series of questions as part of the 2015 American Housing Survey (AHSS). The AHS is a HUD-sponsored national household survey that the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) administers every two years.

Roughly 40 percent of U.S. adults agree that living conveniently near arts and cultural events is important. Of those who hold this opinion, nearly 90 percent feel that the arts improve the overall quality of neighborhoods; 80 percent say that the arts provide improvement to local economies.

The graphics below illustrate findings from the 2015 AHS.

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