A new report from SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, has once again ranked Boulder in the top ten most vibrant arts communities among medium-sized U.S. cities, along with being in the top 1% of communities that values and invests in the arts.


December 27, 2022

After a brief hiatus, SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research, is proud to once again release the Arts Vibrancy Index Report in its seventh iteration, celebrating arts-vibrant communities across the United States even as they grapple with the ongoing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here you will find details on the top 10 arts-vibrant communities with populations between 100,000 and 1,000,000. We report on percentile rankings for Arts Providers, Arts Dollars, and Government Support, as well as the rankings of the underlying measures. Subtle distinctions often emerge that illuminate particular strengths. Again, we weight Arts Providers and Arts Dollars at 45% each and Government Support at 10%. 

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