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Popular Opinion 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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352 269
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

2
355 223
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
New York, USA

3
312 152
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Louisiana, USA

4
279 167
Boston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Massachusetts, USA

5
321 202
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, USA

6
217 297
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

7
262 176
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Washington, USA

8
197 203
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

9
106 186
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

10
214 177
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Contiguous United States, USA

11
180 138
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Pennsylvania, USA

12
160 111
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Minnesota, USA

13
68 168
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

14
105 177
Miami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Florida, USA

15
78 183
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

16
122 119
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Hawaii, USA

17
68 166
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

18
69 167
Pasadena is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ttr12276 added California, USA

19
166 168
Portland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Oregon, USA

20
60 166
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

21
73 146
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

22
122 174
Austin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Texas, USA

23
136 108
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
moonbeamkc added Missouri, USA

24
80 116
Asheville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
SamiMorcos added North Carolina, USA

25
95 43
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
South Carolina, USA

26
94 137
Denver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Colorado, USA

27
89 171
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Nevada, USA

28
54 82
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

29
74 48
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Massachusetts, USA

30
70 47
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
New Mexico, USA

31
94 108
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Tennessee, USA

32
62 69
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
MarySSpiegel added Missouri, USA

33
19 4
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
ClutchPiggie added Indiana, USA

34
52 89
Salinas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
California, USA

35
37 76
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Silicon Valley, California, USA

36
46 39
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Maryland, USA

37
39 35
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Ohio, USA

38
42 36
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

39
48 50
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Michigan, USA

40
22 37
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
carlybobarly added Tennessee, USA

41
50 133
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Florida, USA

42
60 164
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Texas, USA

43
30 41
Worcester is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Massachusetts, USA

44
60 117
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
KaseyConwayGomez added Texas, USA

45
31 46
Newark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
New Jersey, USA

46
45 102
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Georgia, USA

47
34 51
Albuquerque is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
tomanls added New Mexico, USA

48
35 89
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Arizona, USA

49
24 40
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
smellsrank added Chattanooga

50
28 8
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list US Cities with the Best Culture
Abigail Quist added Michigan, USA