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Columbus Ranked 6th Best City for Arts & Culture

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One question that has been repeated in Columbus many times over the past several years is how we can collectively as a city improve our arts and cultural institutions and programs through increased funding, patronage and visibility. The reason for this importance is not only to improve quality of life measurements for residents and visitors, but also to spur additional economic development that comes from building a cultured community.

Perhaps some of that work and efforts has paid off, as PropertyShark.com, recently ranked the Top 20 cities for arts and culture in The US and Columbus ranked very highly on the list in sixth place, beating out Chicago, LA, San Francisco, New York, DC and others. In fact, the only cities to top Columbus on the list were Boston, Houston, Miami, Indianapolis and Seattle.

The rankings are likely to be argued by residents of cities further down on the list, as the metrics used are quantitative and not qualitative. Cultural centers in New York, DC and Chicago are likely larger than counterparts in cities like Columbus, and generally showcase more well-known exhibitions and events, but the rankings are determined instead by total number of cultural venues (museums, libraries, theaters, event venues, etc) per capita.

Regardless of the criteria used, Columbus residents love their local cultural institutions. When we last asked our readers to pick their favorite venues for arts and culture, they named The Wexner Center as the number one spot (pictured up top). To view the full Top 10 Cultural Venues list, CLICK HERE.

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


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