What are the most creative cities? Your environment fosters creativity. And creativity is a skill that is coveted by many. According to the Oxford Dictionary, creativity is “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.” What are the places that allow for an individual’s creative juices to flow? Our friends at Workamajig took a look at which cities are leading the way in taking steps to provide experiences and opportunities that foster creativity among citizens.

They compiled a list of every metropolitan city in the United States with a population of over 100,000 people. From there they analyzed factors associated with creativity, such as the number of museums per capita, ​​the number of Cannes Lions Winners in 2022, the number of creative jobs in industries such as Marketing, Arts, and Design, the number of artists and musicians, as well as the number of film and music festivals per capita.

They then created an index to identify and rank the most creative cities in the country. The list ranks each of the cities on their creative economy. And from that list the most creative city in North Carolina was determined to be Charlotte. Charlotte’s cultural scene has certainly grown and will continue to grow. Even still we are only ranked at #28 so there is work to be done. Keep reading to see the top 10 most creative cities and where to rest of the Carolina cities are ranked. You can view the full Workamajig study here.

  • Top 10 Most Creative Cities

  • 1. Atlanta, GA

    Atlanta

    Population: 496,461

    Museums: 8

    Artists: 1,325

    Music Festivals: 23

    Film Festivals: 6

     

     

  • 2. Miami, FL

    Miami

    Population: 439,890

    Museums: 9

    Artists: 909

    Music Festivals: 31

    Film Festivals: 4

     

  • 3. Portland, OR

    Portland OR

    Population: 641,162

    Museums: 8

    Artists: 801

    Music Festivals: 5

    Film Festivals: 3

     

     

  • 4. Pasadena, CA

    Pasadena

    Population: 135,732

    Museums: 11

    Artists: 36,378

    Music Festivals: 5

    Film Festivals: 1

     

     

  • 5. Berkeley, CA

    Berkeley CA

    Views from the trails of Tilden Park

    Population:

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    Artists:

    Music Festivals:

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  • 6. Los Angeles, CA

    LA Skyline Los Angeles

    Population: 3,849,297

    Museums: 2

    Artists: 1,286

    Music Festivals: 3

    Film Festivals: 3

     

     

  • 7. Chicago, IL

    Chicago, IL

    Population: 2,696,555

    Museums: 4

    Artists: 550

    Music Festivals: 4

    Film Festivals: 2

     

     

  • 8. Glendale, CA

    Glendale CA

    Population: 192,366

    Museums: 2

    Artists: 25,703

    Music Festivals: 1

    Film Festivals: 1

     

     

  • 9. New Haven, CT

    New Haven

    Population: 135,081

    Museums: 16

    Artists: 41,364

    Music Festivals: 4

    Film Festivals: 4

     

     

  • 10. Lansing, MI

    Landing

    Population: 112,684

    Museums: 16

    Artists: 7,241

    Music Festivals: 4

    Film Festivals: 3

     

     

  • Where North and South Carolina Cities Rank

  • 28. Charlotte, NC

    North Carolina affordable

    Landing

    Population: 879,709

    Museums: 3

    Artists: 254

    Music Festivals: 3

    Film Festivals: 1

     

  • 42. Columbia, SC

    Columbia, SC

    Population: 137,541

    Museums: 12

    Artists: 1,804

    Music Festivals: 4

    Film Festivals: 1

     

  • Wilmington, NC

    Things I Wish I Knew Wilmington

    Population: 117,643

    Museums: 15

    Artists: 13,588

    Music Festivals: 0

    Film Festivals: 5

     

  • 71. Raleigh, NC

    raleigh

    Population: 469,124

    Museums: 7

    Artists: 547

    Music Festivals: 6

    Film Festivals: 1

     

  • 81. Durham, NC

    Durham NC

    Population: 285,527

    Museums: 3

    Artists: 954

    Music Festivals: 2

    Film Festivals: 3

     

  • 133. North Charleston, SC

    Charleston

    Population: 117,472

    Museums: 0

    Artists: 684

    Music Festivals: 8

    Film Festivals: 3

     

  • 147. Charleston, SC

    Charleston

    Population: 151,612

    Museums: 15

    Artists: 434

    Music Festivals: 6

    Film Festivals: 0

     

  • 153. Fayetteville, NC

    Fayettevile

    Population: 208,778

    Museums: 2

    Artists: 407

    Music Festivals: 1

    Film Festivals: 1

     

  • 176. Greensboro, NC

    Greensboro skyline

    Population: 298,263

    Museums: 5

    Artists: 1,219

    Music Festivals: 1

    Film Festivals: 0

     

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