Culture is the creative expression in society. The forms of expression include visual art, literature, music, theater, film, and dance. This section explores participation and funding as well as related fields of travel and recreation.

National Rankings provide data on how New Jersey compares to other states on measures of culture.

State and Local Reports provide featured analysis of current data on culture within New Jersey and its role in the State.


National Rankings - compared to other states, New Jersey ranks...

• 8th in per Capita State Budget for the Arts

August 15, 2013.  According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASSA), New Jersey’s projected funding for the arts totaled just under $16.4 million for FY 2014. This equates to approximately $1.85 per capita.  This is level funding from last year, and represents a decline from $20.7 million in 2011, when New Jersey ranked second in spending per capita.

• 9th in Size of the Arts Sector

June 6, 2013. The compensation of employees in the performing arts, spectator sports, museums, and related services in New Jersey was $1.1 billion in 2010 according the U.S. Bureau of Economic Statistics. It was the 9th largest compensation in the arts sector among 50 states. California had the largest with compensation totaling $9.9 billion and North Dakota had the smallest with $11 million.

• 16th in Number of Recreation Visits to National Parkland

August 31, 2012. According to the U.S. Census, New Jersey has 99,206 acres of land administered by the National Park Service.  New Jersey had 5.9 million visitors to these areas in 2010, the 16th highest of all 50 states. California had the highest number of visits to its national parklands with 34.9 million.

• 32nd in Number of Accredited Museums

With 8 museums accredited by the American Association of Museums, New Jersey has one of the smallest number in the U.S. and the smallest per capita.

9th Largest Number of Performing Arts Companies

September 26, 2013. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Jersey had the 9th largest number of performing arts companies with 263 in 2012. New York had the most with 1,608 and North Dakota had the least with 14.

• 4th Largest Number of Amusement and Theme Parks

September 26, 2013. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Jersey had 39 amusement and theme parks in 2012.  This follows just Florida, California and Tennessee.

• 10th in Travel

August 31, 2012. New Jersey residents spent more than $16.8 billion in domestic travel in 2009, the 10th largest amount among the 50 states according to the U.S. Census.

• 7th Largest Number of Artists

August 31, 2012.The total number of artists living in New Jersey was 65,446 according to the American Community Survey, 2005-9, the 7th largest in the U.S. California had the most with 363,430.

• 7th in Gross Domestic Product from the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Industries

June 16, 2013. In 2012, the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors in New Jersey contributed 4.2 trillion dollars to gross domestic product in the United States, according the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.



State and Local Reports

The State Theatre’s education programs connect people throughout New Jersey with the performing arts according to their Education Annual Report. In 2013-2014, the State Theatre's education and outreach programs: presented 191 education events- 10% more than in the previous season, increased its impact by over 10% from 2012-2013, reaching 35,000, and provided nearly $157,00 in free education and outreach programs for 12,800 children and adults.

Read the Full Report 


Additional Reports

New Jersey Historic Trust, Preserving Centuries of New Jersey History, 2013 Annual Report.


Paul Starr, Scott Weingart and Micah Joselow, A Future for Public Media in New Jersey, NJ Policy Perspective, August 2010.

New Jersey Heritage Tourism Plan, Summary Analysis of Heritage Tourism, Trends and Economic Impact, 2009.



Data from the NJ DataBank may be used with the following acknowledgement:

Source: NJ DataBank (, a project of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Campus at Newark