Santa Fe Earns Top Ranking on Creative Small U.S. Cities List.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

What defines creative vitality?  Creative Vitality Suite has found the answer. CVSuite is an economic development tool that makes it easy for arts organizations analyze data and measure their impact. The CVSuite team has revealed a comprehensive ranking of the 30 most creative small cities in the United States. Santa Fe took the #1 spot, because it scored the highest on the tool's Creative Vitality Index (CVI).


CVSuite writes, " The CVI considers not just creative industries, occupations, or arts and cultural nonprofits alone, it combines them all—while also considering the region’s density." It's no wonder that the City Different got top marks! Here's what they had to say about Santa Fe, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art's home base and the top creative small city in the nation:


Santa Fe is a distinct and vibrant city that clearly demonstrates the economic and cultural benefits that creative industries and workers have on a community—and CVSuite has the data to prove it!  [...] Measuring an area’s creative economy requires us to look at four core factors: population, creative occupations, for-profit creative industry earnings, and nonprofit creative and cultural earnings. Evaluating these core areas of Santa Fe’s creative economy, we saw a 3% growth in industry jobs in 2018. Individuals working within Santa Fe’s creative economy have access to 302% more creative industry jobs than the national average. The city’s creative industries generated $113,565,383 in earnings.


View the full ranking.

May 19, 2020