The Best American Cities for Creatives (That You Can Actually Afford to Live In)

Updated On 03/22/2019 at 06:11PM EST Updated On 03/22/2019 at 06:11PM EST
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Bend, Oregon | Old Mill District
Puerto Rico’s capital city offers history, art and culture in spades. | Cole Saladino
Sandia Peak, Albuquerque. | Flickr/John Fowler
Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. | © Nina Dietzel/moment/getty images
Baltimore’s Artscape i the country’s largest free arts festival. | VW Pics/Universal Images Group/Getty images
Smith Rock park is within a short drive of Bend, Oregon. | Nonac_Digi for the Green Man/Moment/Getty Images
Ft. Collins, Colorado. | Odell Brewing Co
Madison, Wisconsin | Flickr/almostsummersky
Bourbon St., New Orleans | Simply Photos /
Philly’s neighborhoods encourage community building. | andipantz/E+/Getty Images
Iowa City is home to the country’s oldest (and best) creative writing programs, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. | Eduardo Medrano/shutterstock
Verdant trails and hikes are within arms-reach in Asheville. | Andy Wickstrom/Aurora Photos/Getty Images
Savannah drips with charm, from colorful row houses to history-packed landmarks around every corner. | joe daniel price/Moment/getty images
Waterfire, Providence | Flickr/calliope
Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. | Sky Noir Photography by Bill Dickinson/Moment/Getty Images
Salt Lake City, Utah | f11photo/Shutterstock
The Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge connects Omaha to neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. | Brian Pope/Moment/Getty Images
Arthur Bryant’s mouth-watering BBQ. Hooooooo yeah. | Arthur Bryants
Ideal Bartending School in session. | Copper & Kings Distillery