The Best American Cities for Artists

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List Criteria: Top U.S. cities with flourishing artist communities, galleries, art schools, etc.

This list of the best cities for artists will help you find an artists' colony to call your own. Art culture is a rare aspect of any community, especially in small towns. So many cities are lacking in large museums, various galleries, small art vendors, and other staples of an artistic community. For artists, young and more seasoned alike, it can be frustrating to live in a town where the artistic lifestyle isn’t appreciated as much as it should be. This list is the answer to the question, “what is the best city for a budding artist to live?”

Artistically inclined cities, from the welcoming community of San Francisco to the southwestern style in Albuquerque, are filled with opportunities for new artists, as well as those who have been artists for decades. Whether you want to travel to one of these artistic cities, take a gander at the exquisite museums and get inspired, or try to showcase your own work for your big break, there’s a city that’s calling your name on this list.

The cities on this list are the best places for artists to live because they have plenty of venues for artistic achievement where up and coming artists can illustrate their talent. From independent art shops to large metropolitan museums, these cities are heaven for the artist at heart. 

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    Portland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Portland Oregon

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    Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Kansas City Missouri

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    Asheville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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    Asheville North Carolina, USA

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    Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Santa Fe New Mexico

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    Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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    Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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    Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

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    San Diego is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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    Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Seattle Washington

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    Nashville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Nashville Tennessee

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    Chicago is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Chicago Illinois

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    New York City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    New York City New York

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    Columbus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Columbus Ohio

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    Oakland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Oakland California, USA

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    Tucson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Tucson Arizona

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    Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Berkeley California, USA

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    Colorado

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    Athens Georgia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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    Louisville is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Louisville Kentucky

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    Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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    Carlsbad California, USA

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    Oxnard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Oxnard California

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    Boston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Boston Massachusetts

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    Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Charlotte North Carolina

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    Wisconsin

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    Encinitas California, USA

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    Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Buffalo New York

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    Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Cincinnati Ohio

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    Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Albuquerque New Mexico

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    Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Laguna Beach California, USA

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    Denver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Denver Colorado

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    Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Honolulu Hawaii

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    West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    West Hollywood California, USA

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    Georgia

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    Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists


    Indianapolis Indiana

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    Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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