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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117 79
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

2
113 85
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

3
147 134
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

4
171 148
Portland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oregon

5
127 103
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico

6
86 65
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minnesota, USA

7
79 51
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

8
175 169
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri

9
123 121
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added North Carolina, USA

10
96 104
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

11
74 61
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Illinois

12
59 45
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Maryland

13
40 31
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Connecticut

14
54 41
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Wisconsin

15
42 28
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

16
55 51
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Massachusetts

17
41 36
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri

18
22 15
Taos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added New Mexico, USA

19
45 39
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio

20
70 101
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

21
29 34
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

22
58 75
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Washington

23
58 66
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio

24
13 13
Newark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added New Jersey, USA

25
47 55
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indiana

26
38 67
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

27
33 50
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

28
23 52
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

29
40 53
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico

30
37 74
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

31
59 85
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Arizona

32
19 49
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

33
39 65
Athens Georgia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Athens Georgia

34
30 65
Oxnard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

35
20 52
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

36
46 69
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Tennessee

37
24 47
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Michigan, USA

38
20 48
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

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

40
57 86
Austin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Texas

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

42
9 19
Eureka Springs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Arkansas, USA

43
13 29
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

44
8 27
Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

45
17 37
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

46
0 0
Providence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
victorBafcop added Rhode Island, USA

47
36 66
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Georgia

48
43 71
Denver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Colorado

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

50
10 29
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA