Art The Best American Cities for Artists  

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List Rules 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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109 72
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

2
139 130
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Los Angeles California

3
103 83
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York City New York

4
162 146
Portland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Portland Oregon

5
124 102
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Fe New Mexico

6
83 64
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

7
75 49
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

8
94 99
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Francisco California

9
119 121
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added Asheville North Carolina, USA

10
166 169
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Kansas City Missouri

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40 31
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Hartford Connecticut

12
57 44
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Baltimore Maryland

13
53 40
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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41 27
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Buffalo New York

15
70 61
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Chicago Illinois

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54 50
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boston Massachusetts

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40 36
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
St. Louis Missouri

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21 15
Taos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Taos New Mexico, USA

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44 39
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Cincinnati Ohio

20
70 100
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Diego California

21
28 32
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oakland California, USA

22
56 72
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Seattle Washington

23
13 12
Newark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added Newark New Jersey, USA

24
57 66
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Columbus Ohio

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46 55
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indianapolis Indiana

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38 66
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Santa Cruz California, USA

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32 49
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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23 51
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Santa Barbara California, USA

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39 53
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Albuquerque New Mexico

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37 73
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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19 49
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Encinitas California, USA

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20 46
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Laguna Beach California, USA

33
57 84
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Tucson Arizona

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39 65
Athens Georgia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Athens Georgia

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30 65
Oxnard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oxnard California

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20 52
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carlsbad California, USA

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26 39
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Louisville Kentucky

38
24 47
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Berkley Michigan, USA

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13 28
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
West Hollywood California, USA

40
17 36
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Berkeley California, USA

41
22 40
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Honolulu Hawaii

42
44 69
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Nashville Tennessee

43
8 19
Eureka Springs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Eureka Springs Arkansas, USA

44
36 66
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Atlanta Georgia

45
54 86
Austin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Austin Texas

46
7 27
Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Davis California, USA

47
42 71
Denver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Denver Colorado

48
17 49
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Anaheim California, USA

49
10 29
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Luis Obispo California, USA

50
11 31
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Monica California, USA