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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119 83
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

2
151 135
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

3
115 87
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

4
171 153
Portland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oregon

5
89 65
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minnesota, USA

6
128 104
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico

7
79 55
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

8
125 122
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added North Carolina, USA

9
175 172
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri

10
96 107
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

11
76 62
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Illinois

12
41 33
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Connecticut

13
55 43
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Wisconsin

14
59 48
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Maryland

15
43 30
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

16
56 53
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Massachusetts

17
41 38
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri

18
22 17
Taos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added New Mexico, USA

19
45 41
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio

20
70 104
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

21
30 36
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

22
58 77
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Washington

23
14 14
Newark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added New Jersey, USA

24
58 68
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio

25
48 56
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indiana

26
38 69
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

27
33 53
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

28
23 55
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

29
40 56
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico

30
37 77
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

31
60 87
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Arizona

32
31 67
Oxnard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

33
2 1
Providence is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
victorBafcop added Rhode Island, USA

34
47 71
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Tennessee

35
19 52
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

36
39 68
Athens Georgia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Athens Georgia

37
20 55
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

38
9 29
Davis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

39
27 42
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Kentucky

40
57 89
Austin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Texas

41
20 51
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

42
24 50
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added Michigan, USA

43
13 31
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

44
37 68
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Georgia

45
17 39
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

46
9 21
Eureka Springs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Arkansas, USA

47
22 43
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Hawaii

48
43 73
Denver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Colorado

49
17 51
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

50
10 31
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA