Which cities in the world have the best combination of reasonable costs of living, an active tech scene, and an inspiring cultural and artistic background?

Underneath the income, living costs & quality of life preferences you can toggle in Teleport Cities, there are around 300 different data dimensions from 70+ sources, with topics ranging from an active tech scene to pollution and travel connectivity. All of this data helps us match people with their best places in the world to live and work.

With that abundance of data along with our ever-growing user base, we can pull together information to see which cities work best for certain professions, based on both the preferences they choose themselves as well as some specific ones we add on top. This time, we’re tackling graphic designers (and everyone else with an artsy mind).

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What are designers looking for?

We’ve got approximately 4000 graphic designers among our users. These are the five top aspects of life they find important when using Teleport Cities:

  1. Low living costs (consumer price index)
  2. High levels of safety
  3. Low pollution
  4. Lively startup scene
  5. Rent cost

Now, these are all pretty generic preferences—most of our users care about low living costs and a safe living environment, which makes a lot of sense. However, that doesn’t really narrow it down to being specifically designer-friendly. So, we added:

  1. Popularity of art galleries
  2. Number of coworking spaces
  3. University quality
  4. Tolerance towards minorities
  5. Popularity of museums

It’s always a tricky task to add layers that we think make a city list specific to a certain profession.

With designers, we decided to go for sources of inspiration (art galleries and museums), coworking spaces for a great work environment and networking (especially important for freelancers!) and university quality for those still looking to learn more.

And, since we believe that people in arts and design especially dare to think and express themselves differently and accept others being different as well, we also used the tolerance layer.

If some of these layers do not apply to you, feel free to go and choose your very own in Teleport Cities. For now, let’s see what happens when we throw all these things together.

The top 10 cities in the world for graphic designers

This is the top 10 list of cities in the world based on our ten chosen preferences combined:

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Ah yes, Berlin, of course. How could the (arguably, but widely viewed as the) hippest, youngest, coolest city not be first?

Berlin is definitely the winner, however, even though there’s enough of a difference between the rest of the scores to make a ranking list, it’s still a very tight race, which means that it’s that much more important to understand how a city matches all your personal preferences. Teleport Cities offers many more data layers than we have here, so make sure you check it out before making any decisions.

To give you a little bit of a more in-depth idea of specifics here as well, we’ll have a closer look of the top five cities and see how they do in our categories.

A zoom in on the top 5

Let’s dig into the top 5 locations we got (Berlin, Toronto, Prague, Montreal and Boston) to give you a better overview of what these cities have to offer, but feel free to check the other locations for yourself on Teleport Cities.

Here’s how our top cities compared based on our designer friends’ own top 5 preferences:

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The only huge outlier here is Boston, that definitely has a higher rent price index as well as consumer price index. That means that if budget is super important to you, you’ll probably want to dismiss that option.

Toronto is also slightly higher up there with the rent prices, and Prague does well on everything besides the startup scene, which isn’t quite as great as in the other cities.

Let’s see what the comparison shows about the 5 other preferences we added:

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Boston differs a bit here as well with a great university quality compared to the other cities, while both Montreal and Prague aren’t that stellar when it comes to the amount of coworking spaces. Other than that, everything is fairly even.

Top 5 cities for designers in Europe, Asia and North America:

If you’re not looking to cross any oceans, here’s the top 5 for Europe, Asia and North America:

Top 5 designer cities in Europe:

image04Top 5 designer cities in North America:

image06Top 5 designer cities in Asia:
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So, in conclusion—if you’re looking for the city best suited for the art-minded, check out Berlin.

We do realize everyone’s different—if you’d like to change anything in the list of preferences we used, you’re more than welcome to toggle your own choices in Teleport Cities to get a truly unique match.

Interested in more rankings for different professions? Check out:

The best cities for software developers

The best cities for founders