In the 2000 census, somewhere around 150,000 New Yorkers described themselves as working in the arts, design, entertainment, and sports occupations. These people, making up 4.3% of the total working population, are the nucleus of what urban theorist Richard Florida calls the "creative class". As counties and cities compete to build the best communities to live and work, economic development experts look for new ways to understand how some cities and counties excel far beyond others. According to economist, researcher and author Richard Florida, the answer may lie in our ability to build a “creative community” – one in which talented and creative people want to live, work and play.This map, showing the density of artists and designers in the five boroughs, confirms what we already intuitively know: the creative class is centered in neighborhoods with the most cultural activity. More than a fifth of residents in Chelsea, the Village, Soho, Tribeca, DUMBO, Williamsburg and Long Island City are engaged in creative pursuits.
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