1970 and 1990, the number of artists more than doubled, from 737,000 to
1.7 million – a much larger percentage gain than for the labor force as
a whole. Between 1990 and 2005, the growth of artists slowed to a 16
percent rate, about the same as for the overall labor force.
for artistic employment are greater in metropolitan areas. More than
one-fifth of all U.S. artists live in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago,
Washington, and Boston. Half of all artists live in 30 metropolitan
- Unique regional concentrations emerge. New
Mexico has the highest share of fine artists, Vermont has the highest
proportion of writers, and Tennessee, the highest proportion of
Employment and income
- Artists are entrepreneurial – 3.5 times more likely to be self-employed.
- Artists are more educated. Artists are twice as likely to have a college degree as other U.S. workers.
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