Good cities for designers

Hi I know this topic might be a bit wonky - after all, life in any city is what you make it - but I am thinking of relocating within the year from New York to another city in the US.

Since I freelance doing web design, I could potentially move almost anywhere, but I was wondering if any folks out there had any suggestions about cities that have decent art and design communities (musuems, galleries, stores, programs, professional organizations, etc.) as well as a lower cost of living than New York City…

Any thoughts? Wanna brag about your town? So far, I was thinking of Philly since it’s close to NYC but cheaper…

TIA!

Portland Oregon is the place to be. Seriously. I can’t say enough good things about this city so i’m not even going to get started…

Bozeman, Montana.

… somehow I am not quite convinced…

Do you always want to be doing web design? I am asking because you might want to choose a location where you can pick up another job later on incase web doesn’t work out for you in a couple yrs etc… So a place like New York, has many options for careers in design if you decided to get out of web. I would look into the city your thinking about relocating to and see what other job opportunities are there aswell.

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Whatever you do, don’t move to philly…its really boring and has no design community whatsoever- it sucks, trust me. i heard canada is full of cool design cities. You also might want to try Boston?

Providence, RI is a great city. Also Portland, Maine.

Top 25 Cities for Design Employment*:

NY
Boston
Toronto
Chicago
LA
Montreal
SF
Detroit
Philly
Seattle
Minneapolis
Dallas
Atlanta
Washington, DC
Phoenix
Houston
Vancouver
Denver
Nassau-Suffolk
St. Louis
Columbus
Portland
Baltimore
Milwaukee
San Diego

*This is for all areas of design, not just ID, based upon employment numbers, published by the Design Industry Advisory Comittee of Canada in 2004.

Little Rock Arkansa

That’s a tough question to answer, not really knowing much about you. But, if I had to throw a city out there, my vote would be Austin, TX…hands down. After living there for 3 yrs., I can say it is a really great place to live. I’m not sure what the current market is for web design, but there is a thriving art and design community, along with University of Texas, Dell, etc. etc., not to mention loads of design firms…Design Edge, M3, Frog…

stockholm, sweeden.

nuff said

I realise not us, but as I’m not familiar with the us I’m going with entire world :stuck_out_tongue:

Trying to focus on your specification of web based design these would be the top cities in the US:

San Fran
Austin
Seattle
Boston
NYC
Chicago



Design industry in general and design culture you can include the ones above and add:

Portland, OR
LA
Minneapolis
Detroit - auto
Columbus, OH
Miami -fashion
Savannah is small version in here