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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1
117 78
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

2
112 85
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

3
145 133
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

4
168 148
Portland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oregon

5
127 103
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico

6
85 64
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minnesota, USA

7
77 51
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

8
96 101
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

9
172 169
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri

10
121 121
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added North Carolina, USA

11
59 44
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Maryland

12
73 61
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Illinois

13
40 31
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Connecticut

14
41 27
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

15
53 41
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Wisconsin

16
55 51
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Massachusetts

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

18
22 15
Taos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added New Mexico, USA

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

20
70 100
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

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

22
57 74
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Washington

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

24
13 13
Newark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added New Jersey, USA

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

26
38 66
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

27
33 50
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists

28
23 51
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
junk added California, USA

29
40 53
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico

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

31
58 84
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Arizona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40
57 86
Austin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Texas

41
17 36
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

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

43
45 69
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Tennessee

44
8 27
Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

45
8 19
Eureka Springs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added Arkansas, USA

46
36 66
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Georgia

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

48
10 29
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

49
42 71
Denver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Colorado

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