The 10 Best American Cities to Pursue Creative Careers

Many of us are striving to fulfill creative dreams. Maybe to you that means a career in the film, or success as an artist, or financially surviving without the need for a day job. Whatever creative rainbow you are chasing, there are some cities that are better than others when it comes to giving yourself the most opportunity possible. dug into some U.S. Census Bureau data and found what the best cities for creative workers actually are. They came to these findings using four discernible metrics: presence of creative jobs, creative schools, performing arts companies, and motion picture and video companies. They also defined "creative jobs" as very specifically: "photographers, designers, actors, film producers and directors, film and video editors, dancers, musicians, writers and artists."

Here are the cities they defined as the 1o best for the pursuit of creative careers.

  1. New York, New York
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Seattle, Washington
  4. Los Angeles, California
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  6. Portland, Oregon
  7. St. Louis, Missouri
  8. Austin, Texas
  9. Boston, Massachusetts
  10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Of course, this ranking did not factor in cities that are affordable enough to live in while pursuing those creative passions. But that's another story altogether.