Top 10 Cities Ideal for the Creative Person

By Nicole Tinkham

There are many things that can put you in a creative rut, most of which can be solved with these 5 Ways to Stay Creative. However, you may have to make a more drastic change in your life. While packing your bags and heading to a new location can be overwhelming, it may be the best thing that’s ever happened as far as your artistic career goes. According to Complex, here are 10 cities perfect for creative people that aren’t NYC or LA.

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Creative inspiration: Tropical climate with summer all year round (temps in the 70s and 80s), Art Deco architecture, outdoor art (did we mention the nice weather?), and new, hip vibes.

2. New Bedford, Massachusetts

Creative inspiration: Never mind the city, the state as a whole has 23.5% more artists than the national average and their cultural programs are dedicated to help raise money for artistic causes. Be inspired by the old city architecture, and “work of art” park, plus it’s close to the big cities (NYC and Boston).

3. Providence, Rhode Island

Creative inspiration: This “Creative Capital” is home to great schools like Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design and has a coffee shop culture.

4. Tuscon, Arizona

Creative inspiration: Rich desert history, great downtown music (and perfect weather for outdoor shows), and a younger crowd (thanks to the University of Arizona), plus who doesn’t love fun road trips to LA?

5. Athens, Georgia

Creative inspiration: This is the city for musicians, the place where alternative rock was born! Athens has a southern charm that you can’t get in the big cities making it ideal for young creative people just starting out.

6. Hartford, Connecticut

Creative inspiration: About halfway between Boston and New York, Hartford is the perfect location for artists with expenses much less than the big cities. It’s just a small “chill” town that will get those creative juices flowing!

7. Santa Cruz, California

Creative inspiration: A place for young artists with beach towns, skateboarding on the boardwalk, and the University of California (Santa Cruz). The local redwoods, public art, live music, and local wineries are sure to spark some creativity.

8. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Creative inspiration: Despite the rich history, Santa Fe is actually not a popular tourist destination allowing artists to focus on their next masterpiece. Travel + Leisure are constantly voting it as the most offbeat, quiet, and peaceful city plus it’s full of culture (museums, galleries, great food, etc.).

9. Louisville, Kentucky

Creative inspiration: The atrium gallery at Louisville’s 21C, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Louisville Slugger Museum offer plenty of inspiration especially for the writer.

10. Big Sur, California

Creative inspiration: Here’s a place your inner hippie self can come out. Enjoy beautiful sunsets, amazing scenery, live humbly, and be creative!

Can these locations inspire your creativity? If you were to choose one of the cities above to move to tomorrow, which would you pick? Leave your comment below or head over to Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think of this list!

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