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Top 25 Cities for Designers and Artists


#1. Austin, TX


Average Salary:$54,827

Cost of Living Rank
(100 is average):

Percentage of workforce in creative class 36.8

Unemployment Rate: 6.9

Austin tops our list with robust projected job growth and one of the lowest changes in unemployment rate since the onset of the recession. The city has enjoyed a recent explosion of high-tech entrepreneurism. Animators in Austin are some of the highest paid in the nation. A “best cities” list veteran, Austin’s our top pick again this year!

For an article that weighs creative opportunities higher, I would recommend this one: Top Paying States for Designers.

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Resources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Best Cities for Jobs

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