Where do the art lovers live? Here in Austin there are more art buyers per capita than New York and L.A…

Marketplace Artfinder has published a report on art buying habits across the US, with Austin revealed as being in the Top 10 art buying cities, with 592 artworks bought per million inhabitants in 2016. That’s quite a bit and it puts our city at number 8 in the top 10…uh, that’s ahead of Santa Monica and Boston. Who is Artfinder? They sell original art from 10,000 artists in 113 countries, making it the world’s largest marketplace for original art.

There are also regional differences in what art customers buy, with people in big cities preferring abstract, non-figurative works and those outside of cities preferring animals, flowers and plants and landscapes, sea and sky. And despite New Yorkers not topping the chart, ‘New York’ is the Top 10 searched terms on the site, suggesting that customers in other cities and countries buy artwork of New York.

Jonas Almgren, Artfinder’s CEO shares, “Our data shows that the whole of the US is busy buying original art for their homes, but also that people in smaller cities and more rural areas are more likely to buy art than New Yorkers – maybe they have more space.”

He continues by saying, “We are now seeing a new generation and a new kind of art buyer emerging, our audience are typically younger than those who buy from galleries, and they don’t necessarily classify themselves as ‘collectors’ – they’re not buying for investment, they’re buying because they want something handmade by a real person on their wall, something no-one else has got.”

Top 10 US cities (on customers per 1 million inhabitants):

Tallahassee, Florida (1,303)

New Haven, Connecticut (953)

Anaheim, California (842)

Tampa, Florida (789)

Raleigh, North Carolina (770)

San Francisco, California (726)

Miami, Florida (620)

Austin, Texas (592)

Santa Monica, California 5(78)

Boston, Massachusetts (572)

And those who are not as artful according to this recently released information are….

Scott City, Kansas

Natchez, Mississippi

McDonough, New York

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Loma Linda, California

Humble, Texas

Lagrange, Georgia

Madison Heights, Michigan

Bremerton, Washington

Sioux Falls, South Dakota


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