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Top 10 U.s. Cities For Creative People

It is essential for young artists to live in a nurturing art community that has a good concentration of art societies and centers and among like-minded individuals. For America’s artistic people, BusinessWeek.com and Sperling’s Best Places have come up with the best U.S. Cities to be creative.

The top 10 cities were derived from metro areas across the country that has the highest concentration of artistic establishments. Sperling’s BestPlaces calculated this by means of the art and culture Index that took into account the number and size of artistic resources such as museums, philharmonic orchestras, dance companies, theater troupes, library resources and college arts programs.

Other criteria considered were the percentage of young residents aged between 25 and 34, and population diversity. The population index measured the probability of meeting another person of a different race or ethnicity.

The selection of cities was also based on a low cost of living although in some metros using the cost of living index that considered the cost of housing, food, transportation, etc. Some cities where the average living cost was above the national average of 100 were included because of the other favorable factors such as number of art establishments and art resources, diversity and age of population. All these three indexes had the maximum score of 100.

The ten best U.S. cities that are ideal for artists which offer ample artistic resources, the presence of a young, diverse population and a relatively low cost of living are:

1. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles tops the list with 56.105 art establishments per 100,000 people and 15.3 % of population age 25-34.

2. Santa Fe, NM: Santa Fe has 36.449 art establishments per 100,000 people and 11.85 % of population age 25-34.

3. Carson City, NV: Carson City has 24.701 art establishments per 100,000 people and 12.1 % of population age 25-34.

4. New York City, NY: New York City has 14.852 art establishments per 100,000 people and 15.2 % of population age 25-34.

5. Kingston, NY: Kingston has 13.128 art establishments per 100,000 people and 12.24 % of population age 25-34.

6. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA: Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura has 12.649 art establishments per 100,000 people and 12.89 % of population age 25-34.

7. Nashville, TN: Nashville has 11.443 art establishments per 100,000 people and 14.74 % of population age 25-34.

8. Boulder, CO: Boulder has 11.076 art establishments per 100,000 people and 17.33 % of population age 25-34.

9. San Francisco, CA: San Francisco has 9.682 art establishments per 100,000 people and 15.75 % of population age 25-34.

10. Nassau-Suffolk County, NY: Nassau-Suffolk County has 8.943 art establishments per 100,000 people and 11.52 % of population age 25-34.

If you are an artist, then these U.S. cities offer the best options to start your art profession or career.

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