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Austin is a fine place to be an artist, according to top ten list

Eric Webb
ewebb@statesman.com

Austin likes to paint itself as a creative town, but is that an accurate picture of the local art industry? According to one company’s recently released rankings, the answer is yes. Social aggregation service MyLife, in a list released late January, named Austin the fourth best city in the country to be an artist. Atlanta took the top spot, followed by Seattle and San Francisco.

According to the list, Austin’s relatively young population (thanks in large part to the University of Texas) helped vault the city up the rankings. The capital city also got high marks for the intangibles that benefit a thriving artistic lifestyle: festivals like South By Southwest, the nightlife scene and the overall toasty climate.

To compile its top ten list, MyLife ranked the 50 most populous U.S. cities on factors including a young population; low cost of living; size of the local art industry; number of museums and galleries; and households with income greater than $200,000.

See the full list and a detailed explanation of the ranking process at MyLife.

Readers: What do you think? Are artists able to make a living in Austin? Does the city support its art community? Leave your thoughts in the comments.