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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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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
2
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York
3
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania
4
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico
5
Portland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oregon
6
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
7
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Massachusetts
8
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri
9
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Illinois
10
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minnesota, USA
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Hartford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Connecticut
12
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri
13
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
14
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Washington
15
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania
16
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA
17
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added North Carolina, USA
18
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Wisconsin
19
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Maryland
20
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York
21
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio
22
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA
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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio
25
Taos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added New Mexico, USA