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