Colorado Springs a top city for young artists


... That is, one of the 15 most inspiring cities for young artists in the U.S., according to WorldWideLearn. The Springs came in ninth, behind the usual suspects: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., and top seed, Boston. We placed before Denver (12), Portland, Austin and New Orleans.


Here are the metrics they used:
Percentage of the population in college or graduate school
Percentage of the population aged 18-34
Art dealers per 100,000 people
Performing arts companies in the metropolitan area per 100,000 people (2012)
Museums per 100,000 people
Fine arts schools in the metropolitan area per 100,000 (2012)
Business classified in the "creative industries" sector per 100,000 people

Every U.S. city with a population of more than 300,000 was scored based on these seven points, and the top 15 aggregate scores were chosen. In the case of a tie (and there were a few), each city's raw scores for fine arts schools and creative businesses were used to determine the final order.


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