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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Portland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Portland Oregon

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

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Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Fe New Mexico

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Asheville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added Asheville North Carolina, USA

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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

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

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

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

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

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Seattle Washington

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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Santa Cruz California, USA

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Taos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Taos New Mexico, USA

America's Most Underrated Cities

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

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

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boston Massachusetts

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Nashville Tennessee

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Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Albuquerque New Mexico

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

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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Athens Georgia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Athens Georgia

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Denver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Denver Colorado

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Austin Texas

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

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Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Baltimore Maryland

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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Columbus Ohio

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Atlanta Georgia

The Most Beautiful Cities in the World

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

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Tucson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Tucson Arizona

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Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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

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Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Charlotte North Carolina

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Hartford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Hartford Connecticut

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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boulder Colorado

The Worst People on Planes

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

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Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Buffalo New York

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Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indianapolis Indiana

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Newark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added Newark New Jersey, USA

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

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Phoenix Arizona

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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carlsbad California, USA

The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit

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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Honolulu Hawaii

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Oxnard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oxnard California

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Berkley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Berkley Michigan, USA

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San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
West Hollywood California, USA

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Las Vegas Nevada

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Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Monica California, USA

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Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Davis California, USA