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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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133 99
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Los Angeles California

2
146 115
Portland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Portland Oregon

3
110 87
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added Asheville North Carolina, USA

4
77 63
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

5
72 56
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

6
109 92
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Fe New Mexico

7
84 71
New York City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York City New York

8
158 148
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Kansas City Missouri

9
65 69
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Diego California

10
53 52
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Seattle Washington

11
34 35
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Santa Cruz California, USA

12
79 89
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Francisco California

13
46 43
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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19 22
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Laguna Beach California, USA

America's Most Underrated Cities

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35 39
Athens Georgia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Athens Georgia

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23 32
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Santa Barbara California, USA

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35 46
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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36 44
Boston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boston Massachusetts

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37 42
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Nashville Tennessee

20
19 25
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oakland California, USA

21
10 12
Taos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Taos New Mexico, USA

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11 18
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Beverly Hills California, USA

23
13 18
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Berkeley California, USA

24
32 41
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Atlanta Georgia

25
37 44
Denver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Denver Colorado

26
20 26
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Honolulu Hawaii

27
53 65
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Tucson Arizona

28
10 15
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
West Hollywood California, USA

The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit

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18 31
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Encinitas California, USA

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32 39
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Albuquerque New Mexico

31
9 14
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Luis Obispo California, USA

32
47 58
Austin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Austin Texas

33
27 33
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Las Vegas Nevada

34
26 32
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Charlotte North Carolina

35
31 39
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Baltimore Maryland

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19 34
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carlsbad California, USA

37
17 29
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Anaheim California, USA

38
9 15
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Monica California, USA

39
19 27
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Hartford Connecticut

40
30 48
Oxnard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oxnard California

41
25 32
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boulder Colorado

42
40 51
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indianapolis Indiana

America's Coolest Cities

43
40 51
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Phoenix Arizona

44
6 14
Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Davis California, USA

45
48 62
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Columbus Ohio

46
23 35
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Berkley Michigan, USA

47
17 22
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Buffalo New York

48
19 25
Virginia Beach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Virginia Beach Virginia

49
22 29
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Louisville Kentucky

50
45 59
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Chicago Illinois