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United States US Cities with the Best Culture  

Jenn Lindley
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List Rules Vote up any American city with its own unique culture

In 2007 CNN and Travelandleisure.com asked 60,000 people to rank their favorite cities in the US for culture. These could easily be the top ten cities and towns in America. New York, once again, tops this list which is no surprise because everybody knows that the culture there is very vibrant. The people, neighborhoods and and cityscape is amazing there and very, very diverse.

California is well represented on this list as well. The biggest state population-wise, the Golden State is home to several of the the largest and most cultural cities in the US. San Francisco is popular with tourists for multiple reasons. One of the most iconic monuments in the country, the Golden Gate Bridge, connects San Francisco with neighboring Marin County. The nearly two mile bridge is one of the recognizable landmarks not only in the city, but the entire country. Not as universally recognized as cultural hubs are Los Angeles and San Diego. The two southern California cities are known for its beautiful beaches, but also contain multiple museums, fine dining and plenty of activities, which qualifies them on this list.

This your chance to pick the American city you think has the most culture. If a city isn't included on this list, feel free to add it. Help determine what US city has the most culture. 
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347 253
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

2
339 217
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
New York, USA

3
311 192
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, USA

4
209 272
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

5
303 146
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Louisiana, USA

6
266 161
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Massachusetts, USA

7
196 190
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

8
104 175
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

9
241 168
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Washington, USA

10
208 170
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Contiguous United States, USA

11
173 134
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Pennsylvania, USA

12
68 160
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

13
78 173
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

14
100 170
Miami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Florida, USA

15
152 106
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Minnesota, USA

16
67 159
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

17
68 161
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

18
116 118
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Hawaii, USA

19
161 163
Portland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Oregon, USA

20
58 158
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

21
70 140
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

22
120 168
Austin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Texas, USA

23
80 111
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
SamiMorcos added North Carolina, USA

24
130 104
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
moonbeamkc added Missouri, USA

25
93 41
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
South Carolina, USA

26
93 134
Denver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Colorado, USA

27
88 167
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Nevada, USA

28
54 81
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

29
73 46
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Massachusetts, USA

30
69 46
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
New Mexico, USA

31
93 107
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Tennessee, USA

32
61 66
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
MarySSpiegel added Missouri, USA

33
51 88
Salinas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

34
37 74
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Silicon Valley, California, USA

35
45 36
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Maryland, USA

36
37 33
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Ohio, USA

37
42 34
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

38
47 46
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Michigan, USA

39
59 163
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Texas, USA

40
30 39
Worcester is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Massachusetts, USA

41
31 45
Newark is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
New Jersey, USA

42
59 116
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
KaseyConwayGomez added Texas, USA

43
42 102
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Georgia, USA

44
33 50
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
tomanls added New Mexico, USA

45
24 38
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
smellsrank added Chattanooga

46
22 36
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
carlybobarly added Tennessee, USA

47
34 88
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Arizona, USA

48
48 130
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Florida, USA

49
28 7
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Abigail Quist added Michigan, USA

50
19 2
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ClutchPiggie added Indiana, USA