Arts, Culture, & Economic Prosperity in Allegheny County

"This study tells us that it's never been so fun to grow the economy. In return for captivation, beauty, and moving experiences, we get jobs, economic activity, and government revenue. Everybody wins."
~ Mitch Swain, CEO


The arts & culture sector is an economic engine for Allegheny County. Direct expenditures of $686 million annually by cultural organizations and their audiences generate $410 million in household income, $74 million in tax revenues, and 20,550 full-time equivalent jobs. Allegheny County ranks 7th nationally in jobs created through the arts & culture.

Check out customized economic impact studies of Pittsburgh-area arts and culture organizations. GPAC created these by using the Economic Impact Calculator in collaboration with 40 organizations, 19 of whom agreed to share the results publicly. Thank you! Anyone can utilize the Economic Impact Calculator, and, if you're a GPAC member, we'll run the numbers for you. Just contact GPAC's Research & Policy Director, David Pankratz.
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Total Economic Impact 

of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry in Allegheny County

  Allegheny County Median of Similar 
Study Regions
(Pop = 1,000,000 or More)
National Median
Direct Expenditures $685,602,764

$249,948,308

$49,081,279
Full-Time Equivalent Jobs 20,549 8,532 1,533
Resident Household Income

$409,738,000

$207,145,000

$35,124,500

Local Government Revenue

$31,448,000

$1,348,000

$946,500

State Government Revenue

$43,193,000

$4,489,000

$2,498,000

(Spending by Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and their Audiences)

 
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The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council surveyed 120 arts and culture organizations and 918 audience members with one question in mind: how much does our nonprofit arts and culture industry impact our local economy? The results, which were part of a nationwide study called Arts & Economic Prosperty IV, were released in 2012 by Americans for the Arts. You can scroll down to download the National Data or the Pennsylvania Data.

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National Brochure

The National Brochure highlights the study's top-level numbers and must-know facts for the combined study region's across the United States.

[2 pages, PDF]

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National Summary Report 
with Background, Scope, and Methodology

The National Summary Report goes a bit deeper to explain audience spending, organizations' impact on the community, and cultural tourism for the combined study region's across the United States.

[24 pages, PDF]

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National Report
with Data Tables and Survey Instruments

The National Report contains the summary along with data tables and detailed methodology for the combined study region's across the United States.

[378 pages, PDF]

 

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Pennsylvania Summary Report
with Background, Scope, and Methodology

The Pennsylvania Summary Report explains audience spending, organizations' impact on the community, and cultural tourism for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

[24 pages, PDF]

 

 

 

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