The best cities for creatives

The best cities for creatives

With the UN revealing that the creative economy is projected to reach a global valuation of $985 billion by 2023, it’s no question that creatives have a significant impact on the world and their local communities.

But which cities are the best for creatives? To reveal the creative capitals of the world, BNG ranked 50 cities based on a range of metrics, such as the estimated number of creative roles available, the average yearly salaries for creatives, living costs, and the number of amenities like museums, art galleries, and parks.

Tokyo is the creative capital of the world, with an estimated 54,871 creative jobs

Japan’s fast-paced capital leads as the best city for creatives, topping the list for several metrics. Out of every city in our analysis, Tokyo has the highest number of creative jobs (54,871), green spaces and parks (671), museums and art galleries (918), and creative classes and workshops (113).

The average salary for creatives in Tokyo is the equivalent of $38,674 or $3,223 per month, which is around $13,000 less than London creatives earn each year ($86,300) or approximately $1,100 less each month. However, the monthly cost of living minus rent for a single person in Tokyo is lower than any other city in the top five at $990.

London, Paris, Chicago, and Toronto complete the top five. The table below shows the top 10 creative capitals.

Rank

City

Estimated number of ‘creative’ roles

Average yearly salary for ‘creative’ roles (USD)

Average monthly salary for ‘creative’ roles (USD)

Monthly cost of living for a single person w/o rent (USD)

Number of green spaces and parks

Number of museums and art galleries

Number of classes and workshops

World happiness ranking by country

1

Tokyo

54,871

$38,674

$3,223

$990

671

918

113

54

2

London

19,632

$52,202

$4,350

$1,046

300

464

41

17

3

Paris

19,130

$43,836

$3,653

$990

300

358

35

20

4

Chicago

9,322

$68,632

$5,719

$1,042

93

147

76

16

5

Toronto

8,186

$47,136

$3,928

$1,002

126

142

83

15

6

Singapore

30,195

$58,667

$4,889

$1,038

194

149

21

27

7

San Francisco

6,678

$86,300

$7,192

$1,384

121

139

63

16

8

New York

17,854

$72,998

$6,083

$1,419

150

365

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