Artists in the Workforce: National and State Estimates for 2015-2019

Posted July 2022

This Arts Data Profile gives national and state-level estimates of artists in the workforce. The figures derive from American Community Survey (ACS) data covering 2015-2019. The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. State-level estimates are available for the total number of artists and for each individual type of artist (workers in any of 13 specific artist occupations).

For each U.S. state, the interactive map below illustrates both counts and location quotients for the total number of artists, and for workers in the following selected artist occupations: architects; arts directors, fine artists, and animators; designers; dancers and choreographers; musicians; actors; entertainers; writers and authors; and photographers.