Regional Benchmarks


Arts & Leisure Sector

What it means

The arts, culture, and recreation sector are uniquely important to Cape Cod, given its history and reliance on tourism. Although the sector is relatively small, it is dominated by the recreation sub-sector, due in large part to tourism. It is important to note, however, that the performing arts sub-sector is generally undercounted in this employer dataset because many working in the arts are self-employed or sole proprietors. The inclusion of non-employer or sole-proprietor data would likely change the composition of the sector.

Employment growth trends in this sector do show strong growth in the performing arts sub-sector and in employment by museums in Barnstable County since 1990. This is particularly good news when compared to national growth trends showing losses in employment in the performing arts and related sectors.

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Year Barnstable County Massachusetts United States