The number of establishments in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector, shown as a rate per 10,000 people.
Arts and cultural attractions bring visitors and money into a region, and contribute to the vitality and prestige of a community.
In 2018, there were 5.4 establishments in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector per 10,000 residents in Essex County. This was slightly higher than the state rate of 5.1 and higher than the U.S. rate of 4.5.
Since 2000, the county rate has fluctuated, starting at a low of 4.4 in 2000 and peaking at 5.4 in 2017. 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 2018 was 24% higher than in 2000. The state and nation also increased 23% and 22% over this time period.
In 2018, the number of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation establishments per 10,000 residents in Lake County, IL and Middlesex County, MA (5.7 and 5.1, respectively) were similar to Essex, while the rate was significantly higher in Westchester County, NY (7.5).
County establishment estimates are reported by place of work, not place of residence.. An establishment is a single physical location at which business is conducted or services or industrial operations are performed. 2019 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter of 2020.