Arts, Culture, and Religion

United States

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: US and International
  • Geographic unit(s): varies
  • Unit of observation: varies
  • ARDA is the premiere archive repository of research data on religion in the United States and abroad.  For example, popular datasets include the US Religion Census, World Religion Dataset, and Spiritual Life Study of Chinese Residents.

National Archive of Data on Arts & Culture (NADAC)

  • Time period: varies by dataset
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and national
  • Unit of observation: microdata
  • NADAC is a repository of open-access research data on arts and culture in the US. It provides access to data for use with statistical packages and for online analysis. Find data related to arts and culture such as arts participation, arts education, charitable donations, church groups, community organizations, consumer expenditures, employment and labor force, entertainment industry, museums, music, performing arts, and many more.

PolicyMap

  • Time period: mostly 2000-
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): block group, tract, city, county, state, ZIP code, congressional district
  • Unit of observation: varied
  • PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool that enables researchers to access data about communities and markets across the United States. It contains over 15,000 continuously updated datasets related to demographics, economy, health, education, quality of life and more. Find art and culture institution information such as libraries, museums and nonprofit locations.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

  • Time period: 1980-present (2013-2016 editions)
  • Geographic coverage: US
  • Geographic unit(s): mostly state and region
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • The Statistical Abstract of the United States provides statistics on art and culture, such as performing arts entertainment industry, music, photography, museums, theater, motion pictures, arts and humanities, books and cultural activities. The source notes can be used to find more detailed tables and machine-readable datasets.

Thomas Rex Beverly Sound Files

  • Thomas Rex Beverly Sound Files for “High Desert Ambiences” and “High Desert Chainsaw.”  Inlcudes audio files and metadata.
International

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

  •  See above.

Music ID: Music Industry Data

  • Time period: 1952-
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): country
  • Unit of observation: song
  • Music Industry Data is a repository of historical and current data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, GfK Entertainment and many more reporting agencies from over 30 countries around the world. Find music ranking data from various charts with information of album, song, artist and more.

ProQuest Statistical Insight

  • Time period: 1973-present (US); 1983-present (international)
  • Geographic coverage: US; International
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by source
  • Unit of observation: statistics
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight provides federal, state and international statistics in many subjects. Find statistics on art and culture, such as cultural activities, government spending for recreation and culture, historic sites, international cooperation in cultural activities, museums, parades and performing arts.

UNCTAD STAT

  • Time period: 2003-2012
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): national
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) maintains a Data center, which provides data of a wide range of topics. Find and download data tables of creative economy, such as exports and imports, growth rates, and concentration index of creative goods and services.

UNData

  • Time period: varies
  • Geographic coverage: International
  • Geographic unit(s): varies by source
  • UN Data is a portal for finding data from the UN, OECD, IMF, and more.  A database related to Arts and Culture is World Tourism Data.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

  • Time period: 1970-2013
  • Geographic coverage: international
  • Geographic unit(s): national
  • Unit of observation: aggregated
  • The UIS provides statistics of education, culture, communication and information, as well as science, technology and innovation. Find movie statistics such as cinema infrastructure, ticket price, language of production in their Data Centre or the UIS.Stat database. Results of the 2015 Global cultural employment survey are scheduled to be published in 2016.
Useful Books

Yearbook of International Religious Demography 2014 [ebook]

  • Useful chapter points to data sources on religions in various countries.

The World’s Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography

  • Excellent handbook for finding data and statistics on world religions.