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The US government spent $146 million on the National Endowment for the arts in 2016. This is equivilent to approximately $1.20 per taxpayer annually and is less than 0.025% of public spending on the military.

Despite this modest amount of public arts funding, the United States Census of 2000 saw more Americans identify their primary occupation as artist, than as lawyer, doctor, or police officer combined. (BFAMFAPHD project data)