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

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140 131
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Los Angeles California

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105 84
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York City New York

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164 147
Portland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Portland Oregon

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124 102
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Fe New Mexico

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77 49
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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84 64
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

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95 99
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Francisco California

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

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Kansas City Missouri

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58 44
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Baltimore Maryland

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40 31
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Hartford Connecticut

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41 27
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Buffalo New York

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53 41
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Milwaukee Wisconsin

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55 50
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Boston Massachusetts

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Chicago Illinois

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40 36
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
St. Louis Missouri

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

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44 39
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Cincinnati Ohio

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

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28 33
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oakland California, USA

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56 73
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Seattle Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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37 73
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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20 47
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Laguna Beach California, USA

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

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13 28
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
West Hollywood California, USA

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

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17 36
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Berkeley California, USA

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45 69
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Nashville Tennessee

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22 40
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Honolulu Hawaii

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8 19
Eureka Springs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Eureka Springs Arkansas, USA

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36 66
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Atlanta Georgia

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54 86
Austin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Austin Texas

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7 27
Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Davis California, USA

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17 49
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Anaheim California, USA

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42 71
Denver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Denver Colorado

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10 29
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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11 31
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Santa Monica California, USA