Erie Vital Signs

Presence of Arts and Cultural Activities: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Establishments

Recent Performance

This trend is negative or needs improvement.

The number of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (AER) establishments has been falling consistently since its peak at 118 in 2009. In 2013, the number stood at just 100, and eight of the 13 peer areas had more AER establishments than Erie County.

However, most of the peer areas are larger than Erie County, also. If we adjust for population, then Erie’s number of establishments per thousand residents stands at 4.0, which is greater than that of all its peer areas except Green Bay (7.6) and Boulder (4.4). Erie’s number was nearly 13% higher than the average for the 13 peers. So for a city its size, Erie is doing relatively well in terms of the number of AER establishments—even though it has declined recently.

The Basics

This indicator reports the number of establishments in the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry. Each physical location of operations counts as one establishment, regardless of how large it is. Both for-profit and nonprofit organizations are included.

Why is it important?

The number of establishments in this sector can be considered a proxy for the size and amount of activity—output—of the industry.

The Details

This indicator includes the number of establishments listed under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 71: Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. The annual data are from the week including March 12, so there may be seasonal effects present in the data.
A company (or "enterprise") is comprised of all the establishments that operate under the ownership or control of a single organization. A company may be a business, service, or membership organization; consist of one or several establishments; and operate at one or several locations. It includes all subsidiary organizations, all establishments that are majority-owned by the company or any subsidiary, and all the establishments that can be directed or managed by the company or any subsidiary.
A company may have one or many establishments. An establishment is a fixed physical location or permanent structure where some form of business activity is conducted. If the company operated at different physical locations, even if the individual locations were producing the same line of goods, a separate report was requested for each location. If the company operated in two or more distinct lines of manufacturing at the same location, a separate report was requested for each activity.

The Nitty-Gritty Details

This industrial sector includes the following activities:

NAICS Industry
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
7111 Performing Arts Companies
71111 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
71112 Dance Companies
71113 Musical Groups and Artists
71119 Other Performing Arts Companies
7112 Spectator Sports
711211 Sports Teams and Clubs
711212 Racetracks
711219 Other Spectator Sports
7113 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
7114 Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures
7115 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
712 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
71211 Museums
71212 Historical Sites
71213 Zoos and Botanical Gardens
71219 Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions
713 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
7131 Amusement Parks and Arcades
7132 Gambling Industries
7139 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
71391 Golf Courses and Country Clubs
71392 Skiing Facilities
71393 Marinas
71394 Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
71395 Bowling Centers
71399 All Other Amusement and Recreation Industries

Details about the County Business Patterns program:
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This indicator has no subcategories, although the original data source provides data for some of the subindustries listed above.

Peer Areas

These variables include data on all 13 of the standard peer areas, along with U.S. data.




U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: County Business Patterns statistics provide the only annual source of complete and consistent county-level data for U.S. business establishments with industry detail.

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