by Matt Alderton | June 18, 2017
"Creativity is a desirable and necessary element for a thriving community," according to Southern Methodist University's National Center for Arts Research (NCAR), which every year ranks the top U.S. cities for "arts vibrancy" based on per-capita demand, supply, and public support for arts and culture. The top 10 communities on its list -- whose artistic assets make them vibrant places to not only live, but also meet -- are:

10. Seattle, WA

9. Newark, NJ

8. Silver Spring, MD

7. Los Angeles, CA

6. Boston, MA

5. Minneapolis, MN

4. Nashville, TN

3. San Francisco, CA

2. New York, NY

1. Washington, DC (pictured)

Source: Southern Methodist University