Top Utah Cities for Creative Industries Workers in 2019
Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Cultural Alliance today released rankings for cities with the highest concentrations of humanities and arts jobs in Utah in 2019:
Top Cities – Top Utah cities with the highest percentage of creative industries jobs are: Rockville 35.1%, Torrey 24.18%, and Park City 23.55%
Cities with high concentrations of creative industries jobs are often cities that invest public dollars and offer culture-friendly ordinances such as % for art programs, investment in arts councils, and more. “Investing in and promoting arts, humanities, and cultural activities are great examples of how cities work to enhance the quality of life of our residents. Residents and visitors alike cherish festivals, live performances, art galleries, and other cultural activities which both generate economic growth and foster a sense of community.” – Cameron Diehl (Executive Director of the Utah League of Cities and Towns)
Mayor Pam Leach of Rockville, “What a surprising honor [to be the highest per capita city for creative industries jobs]! We live in a spectacular area for scenery, open spaces and history, which draw artists using different media. We are fortunate that many artists over the years have called Rockville home, and have shared their talents with our community and the Zion Canyon communities for fundraising events. Rockville is a small residential-agricultural town that is proud of its local artists whose works have found homes throughout our community and the world.”
The top three rankings by each class of municipality are the following:
1st Class: Salt Lake City 14.73%, Provo 4.93%, and West Valley City 3.3%
2nd Class: Ogden 4.34%, Sandy 4.09%, and Saint George 4.03%
3rd Class: Lehi 5.17%, Logan 4.66%, and Draper 3.87%
4th Class: Lindon 7.56%, Heber City 6.06%, and American Fork 5.5%
5th Class: Park City 23.55%, Kamas 7.68%, and Morgan 6.7%
Town: Rockville 35.1%, Torrey 24.18%, and New Harmony 20.29%
“Utah is #1 in the country for live arts participation per capita and #3 in the country for growth of creative industries jobs. Cities and towns have a vital role in supporting their humanities and arts sectors to yield vibrant, livable communities. Supporting these creative industries is vital for keeping our arts community as active as it is today.” – Crystal Young-Otterstrom (Executive Director of Utah Cultural Alliance) More economic impact stats for the humanities and arts are located here.
Methodology: The Utah Cultural Alliance calculated these rankings by comparing the number of jobs in the creative industries for each city divided by population. The population data used in this study was taken from the 2010 census and compared against 2017 creative industries jobs. Creative industry job numbers are sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis stats via WESTAF’s Creative Vitality Suite. UCA’s full list of city rankings may be found here.
Founded in March 1980, Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA) is the statewide advocate for the humanities and arts. We amplify culture’s contributions to Utah’s economic, family, and community life. You can read more about our mission atwww.utculture.org. As a 501c4, Utah Cultural Alliance has also released endorsements in the 2019 municipal elections.
Utah Cultural Alliance is also the manager of NowPlayingUtah.com, the statewide calendar of everything to see and do in Utah with a heavy emphasis on the arts and humanities. The site sees 1.3 million unique visitors a year.