Thursday, June 26, 2008

NEA Surveys Professional Artists

The National Endowment for the Arts has compiled the first national profile of professional artists. Among the eye-opening results drawn from the 2005 census is the fact that more Americans ticked off "artist" as their primary occupation than "lawyer," "doctor," "police officer," or "farm worker" — that's two million Americans in all, with a combined income of roughly $70 billion, or a median of $34,800 each. More men than women identify themselves as artists, with women outpacing men only among dancers, writers, and designers.

New York State has the most artists per capita, with California boasting the most actors and Nevada the most dancers and entertainers.

Click on the graphs for printable image.

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