Phoenix Named Among Top American Cities for Culture

A scene from September First Friday.
A scene from September First Friday.
Melissa Fossum

While Phoenicians hardly need convincing that their city has culture, it never hurts to hear it from someone else.

That's why we were excited to see that not only is our Southwest metropolis being recognized for its artistic and intellectual endeavors, it's being ranked among the best. On Friday, August 22, Business Insider shared a report by real estate website Property Shark that ranked the top 20 cities for culture in the U.S.

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To compile its list, Property Shark looked at the most populous cities in America, while factoring in the number of culture venues per capita. Incidentally, this knocked the more culturally established yet more populous cities such as New York (ranked 13th) and Los Angeles (ranked 17th) down on the list while boosting the rankings of such cities as Indianapolis (ranked second), and Houston (ranked fourth).

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Coming in at number 14 was our very own Phoenix. Property Shark noted that the country's sixth most populous city offered 315 cultural and recreational destinations, creating a ratio of one enriching venue to every 4,727 residents.

The highest ranking city for culture on this list was Seattle, while the lowest, number 20, was surprisingly designated to Chicago.

Take that, windy city.

For a look at the full list, visit www.propertyshark.com.

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