New Study Ranks Minneapolis-St. Paul's Arts Economy Fifth in Nation


Minneapolis is the fifth most creative city in the nation, according to the Creative Vitality Index's 2014 report, which was released yesterday. That's one notch higher than last year's ranking, which put us at sixth.

The report, which is statistics-based, states that Minneapolis-St. Paul outpaces the national average 4.1 times over. The Twin Cities was ranked behind major cities Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C., which ranked highest. Just below us are artsy cities Seattle (6th), San Francisco (7th), and Austin (8th).

So how did they come to these numbers? The CVI crunches data, measuring the impact that creative jobs (actors, agents, writers, artists), for- and non-profit organizations, and spending have on a city. That includes analyzing data both from people employed in creative fields as well as patrons supporting the arts. 

The report, which is available online, includes all kinds of interesting tidbits and breakdowns of the Twin Cities employment and spending. For example, in 2013 the creative scene contributed $831 million to Minneapolis's economy, up 13 percent from 2011. Creative industry retail growth is up 37 percent, while art dealers and artists have increased their annual revenue greatly since 2010 as well. Overall industry revenue is up 20 percent since 2011.

The top creative jobs in the Twin Cities include photographers, musicians, authors, and graphic designers.

The report is available online, and is formatted in a visual, easy-to-read report. You can check it out here.