cities / towns 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
Los Angeles California

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122 107
Portland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Portland Oregon

3
93 82
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added Asheville North Carolina, USA

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95 84
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Fe New Mexico

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71 63
New York City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York City New York

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66 59
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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147 143
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Kansas City Missouri

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60 59
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Diego California

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60 55
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

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74 80
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Francisco California

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28 31
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Santa Cruz California, USA

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15 16
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Laguna Beach California, USA

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43 49
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Seattle Washington

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40 41
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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31 41
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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16 20
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oakland California, USA

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20 30
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Santa Barbara California, USA

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

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33 41
Boston is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boston Massachusetts

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18 22
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Hartford Connecticut

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29 37
Athens Georgia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Athens Georgia

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18 23
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Honolulu Hawaii

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28 34
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Albuquerque New Mexico

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50 62
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Tucson Arizona

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7 11
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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7 11
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
West Hollywood California, USA

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7 11
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Monica California, USA

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22 27
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Charlotte North Carolina

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16 28
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Encinitas California, USA

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18 31
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carlsbad California, USA

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24 30
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Las Vegas Nevada

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5 8
Taos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Taos New Mexico, USA

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26 36
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Atlanta Georgia

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46 59
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Columbus Ohio

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31 40
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Nashville Tennessee

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28 36
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Baltimore Maryland

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15 26
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Anaheim California, USA

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31 40
Denver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Denver Colorado

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23 34
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

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7 15
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Beverly Hills California, USA

41
28 45
Oxnard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oxnard California

42
37 48
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Phoenix Arizona

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21 32
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Berkley Michigan, USA

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4 11
Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Davis California, USA

45
4 11
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Irvine California, USA

46
21 28
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boulder Colorado

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27 36
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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17 23
Virginia Beach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Virginia Beach Virginia

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20 27
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Louisville Kentucky

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41 55
Austin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Austin Texas