Richard Florida, a senior editor at the magazine and director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to rank cities based on the number of artists who live there compared to the overall population.
After Santa Fe came cities with major art scenes: San Francisco, then New York, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.
“It’s time to get over the notion that only large urban cities like New York or L.A. can make it as artistic centers,” the article says. “While it’s true that large cities and metros dominate in terms of sheer numbers of artists, smaller communities are home to vibrant artistic communities as well — many with national and international reputations and reach.”
Santa Fe has been named a top destination in several national publications this year. It ranked high on some lists in Travel + Leisure and was the third-favorite city to visit in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey.