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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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New York City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York
2
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minnesota, USA
3
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania
4
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
5
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico
6
Portland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oregon
7
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania
8
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Illinois
9
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added North Carolina, USA
10
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri
11
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
12
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Maryland
13
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Massachusetts
14
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Connecticut
15
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Wisconsin
16
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri
17
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York
18
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio
19
Taos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added New Mexico, USA
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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Washington
22
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio
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Oakland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA
24
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indiana
25
Newark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added New Jersey, USA