Cultural Data

The Charlotte Region’s Creative Economy

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $359 million in annual economic activity in the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg region – supporting 11,186 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $31.5 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study, the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. Nearly 58,000 people in the 16-county region are employed in for-profit and nonprofit jobs classified as creative.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Creative Vitality Index

The Creative Vitality Index is an annual measure of the health of the creative economy in a city, county, state or other geographic area. The creative economy as defined in the Creative Vitality Index includes for-profit and not-for-profit arts-related enterprises. Using readily available, inexpensive data on employment and community participation, the Creative Vitality Index reflects the vigor of this sector of the economy and culture.

Creative Vitality executive summary