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Cultural Organizations Indicators: Geographic Density

Low population density is one of the defining characteristics of the Houston region and has a significant impact on the arts and culture community. Although the Houston MSA spans 9 counties, 403 of the region’s 532 cultural organizations (76 percent) are situated in Harris County. Those organizations furthermore account for 88 percent of the total revenue and 89 percent of the total expenditures for the region’s arts nonprofits as a whole. Thus, the regional per capita indicators do not illuminate the potentially uneven distribution of cultural institutions by county, neighborhood, or census tract, nor do they reveal much about the accessibility and affordability of opportunities for cultural expression throughout the region at large.