Cities 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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122 86
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

2
154 139
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

3
119 91
New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

4
131 104
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New Mexico

5
172 156
Portland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Oregon

6
89 67
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
jackslee2 added Minnesota, USA

7
81 57
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Pennsylvania

8
127 123
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
AdmiralCrunch added North Carolina, USA

9
176 175
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri

10
97 111
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

11
76 64
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Illinois

12
60 49
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Maryland

13
41 35
Hartford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Connecticut

14
55 45
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Wisconsin

15
56 54
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Massachusetts

16
43 32
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
New York

17
41 39
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Missouri

18
46 42
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio

19
22 18
Taos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
ozarktraveler added New Mexico, USA

20
70 105
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California

21
58 78
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Washington

22
30 39
Oakland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
California, USA

23
58 70
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Ohio

24
48 57
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Indiana

25
14 16
Newark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Cities for Artists
Lilly Lips added New Jersey, USA