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Milwaukee's a hub for the creative industry. (PHOTO: Matt Mueller)

Milwaukee ranks high for creatives

We're all creative, right? But technically, the term "creative industry" is one used mainly for jobs in digital, the arts, architecture, acting, music, design, building, marketing and more. Creative professionals drive communities to be better and, through their work help them grow – and now a new ranking finds Milwaukee in the top 15 in the country when it comes to best places for these types of jobs.

SmartAsset considered data for 181 metro areas, and "compared them against these two metrics: concentration of creative jobs and cost of living." In the end, Milwaukee landed at number 12. (Fellow Sconnie city Green Bay landed a few spaces behind at 17.)

Here's the full ranking of creative cities:

Top 25 cities for creative professionals in 2019

25. Raleigh, NC
24. Rochester, NY
23. Fayetteville, AR
22. Lincoln, NE
21. Orlando, FL
20. Des Moines, IA
19. Springfield, MO
18. Fort Wayne, IN
17. Green Bay, WI
16. Omaha, NE
15. St. Louis, MO
14. Austin, TX
13. Tampa, FL
12. Milwaukee, WI
11. Detroit, MI
10. Kansas City, MO
9. Durham, NC
8. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
7. Atlanta, GA
6. Salt Lake City, UT
5. South Bend, IN
4. Los Angeles, CA
3. Nashville, TN
2. Provo, UT
1. Savannah, GA

Artistic and creative-types, you are all welcome in greater Milwaukee. Well, everyone is. Milwaukee's open for creative business.

Want another read on creativity? Check out this Fast Company piece with Fred Arminson.


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