The National Endowment for the Arts recently released a study of artists in the workforce, using census data to plot out where artists are living. No surprise, half are in the country’s largest metropolitan areas, but smaller communities have their fair share.
South Carolina’s Metropolitan Areas By Percentage of Artists
Myrtle Beach: .0142
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill: .0120
Charleston-North Charleston: .0118
South Carolina’s worst rankings by profession
• 43rd for designers
• 43rd for writers and authors
• 45th for announcers
• 45th for photographers
South Carolina’s best rankings by profession
• 16th for entertainers and performers
• 19th for musicians and singers
• 22nd for dancers and choreographers
• Myrtle Beach ranked number eight among the areas with the most musicians.
• Wilmington, N.C., ranked fifth among areas with the most actors.
• Santa Fe ranked No. 1 for both writers and fine artists, art directors, and animators.
• 40 percent of musicians work in the nonprofit sector.
• In South Carolina, minorities make up 30 percent of the civilian workforce, but only 11.4 percent of the artists