Best Mid-Sized Cities in the SW for Art
Regardless of whether you are traveling or relocating, for those who are always on the lookout for your next great piece of art, having a selection of art galleries is a must. Large cities are typically a safe bet for finding a wide variety of galleries, but for any city smaller than a major metro it can be harder to find an art-loving town. It can be a very time-consuming task to figure out which cities have the art scene you are looking for.
We reviewed our data and pulled the best mid-sized cities, with a population between 10,000 and 74,999, in the Southwest that have a good art scene. This includes the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Here are 3 cities that can help you scratch your art itch.
Prescott, AZ – Population 39,843. What is truly amazing about Prescott is how many art galleries are located in such a small, remote city. 100 miles to the north of Phoenix, there is not much near Prescot, not that you need anything near. Prescot has a lot of everything, including 22 art galleries, which is similar to Phoenix which is much larger.
Flagstaff, AZ – Population 65,870. In 2nd place with 17 galleries is Flagstaff, AZ. Surrounded by deserts, ponderosa pine forests, and some of the tallest mountains in Arizona, not only is Flagstaff a great place to buy art, it is near a lot of natural beauty that is the inspiration for artists.
Lake Havasu, AZ – Population 52,527. Our third city is Lake Havasu, AZ. Located on the California border almost directly east of Los Angeles, Lake Havasu has 6 art galleries. Many of the galleries offer one-of-a-kind hand-made Native American art.
It can be hard to try to figure out where to live in the US. Someone who is an art collector wants something different than someone who wants to spend time in nature, or maybe you want to do both. Maybe you are thinking that none of these mid-sized cities sound just right for you, or maybe you want to pick your ideal city with a few other amenities in mind. That’s why we created the NextDiggs quiz so that you can decide what features are “the best” for you. We profiled every city in America with 5000 or more residents with 61 criteria. You can choose to answer all the questions, or only the ones pertaining to criteria that are important to you. So go ahead and take the quiz and find your own “top 3”.
If you are interested in the southwest, maybe you want to consider the best cities for water lovers as well as art.