Culture 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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127 95
New York City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York
2
128 97
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania
3
105 71
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minnesota, USA
4
157 146
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
5
133 110
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico
6
174 167
Portland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oregon
7
87 60
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania
8
128 129
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added North Carolina, USA
9
85 65
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Illinois
10
176 183
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri
11
99 116
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
12
64 50
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Maryland
13
61 56
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Massachusetts
14
44 38
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Connecticut
15
58 48
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Wisconsin
16
46 41
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri
17
46 35
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York
18
50 42
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio
19
22 19
Taos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added New Mexico, USA
20
70 109
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California
21
59 79
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Washington
22
31 41
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA
23
61 71
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio
24
50 58
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indiana
25
15 16
Newark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added New Jersey, USA