2022’s Best Cities for Crafting

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Many of us discovered our inner Martha Stewart during the pandemic. We’re weaving baskets, creating resin jewelry, and decoupaging our dressers. (LawnStarter’s favorite craft project? Turning grass into wall art, of course.)

But whether you’re a needlework novice or a full-blown Etsy-preneur, where you live can make or break the craft hobbyist in you.

To mark National Craft Month this March, LawnStarter ranked 2022’s Best Cities for Crafting. 

We strung together 11 key indicators of an ideal “craft city,” where you can easily access supplies, knit and mingle with local makers, and even learn new crafting techniques.

See which cities are America’s DIY art capitals in our ranking below, followed by some highlights and lowlights. (Make sure to read about out LawnStarter’s Grass Art Contest for a chance to win three free mows!)

Table of Contents

  1. City Rankings
  2. Highlights and Lowlights
  3. Methodology
  4. Small Crafts = Big Business
  5. LawnStarter Grass Art Contest

City Rankings

See how your city and others fared in our ranking:

OVERALL RANKCityOverall ScoreAccess RankCommunity RankEducation RankEvents Rank
1New York, NY52.1137124
2San Francisco, CA46.8311752
3Miami, FL38.161455616
4Seattle, WA33.914321847
5Paterson, NJ32.36214211411
6Atlanta, GA31.8710817251
7Alexandria, VA31.663291152
8Denver, CO30.12765229
9Baltimore, MD29.459723163
10St. Paul, MN29.193455875
11Houston, TX27.4214934023
12Chicago, IL27.26958236
13Austin, TX26.8514142410
14Portland, OR24.72506993
15Orange, CA24.6768410421
16Minneapolis, MN24.533813417
17Fullerton, CA24.437107839
17Torrance, CA24.4341738452
19Philadelphia, PA23.676312128
20Garden Grove, CA23.44517311433
21Jersey City, NJ23.1622761107
22Santa Ana, CA23.0181105921
23Huntington Beach, CA22.249647833
24Pittsburgh, PA22.061638751
25Rochester, NY22.001966349
26Long Beach, CA20.6125462719
27Los Angeles, CA20.04146101014
28Pasadena, CA19.3621711546
29Providence, RI19.3424741735
30Bridgeport, CT18.93138214447
31Yonkers, NY18.413616512613
32Anaheim, CA18.2846934115
33Glendale, CA17.81201304960
34Lakewood, CO17.62271061456
35Cincinnati, OH17.33303510455
36Eugene, OR17.2928331185
37St. Louis, MO17.24151880180
38Louisville, KY17.06171307475
39Buffalo, NY16.60471487318
40San Diego, CA16.4214092950
41Sacramento, CA16.2756283741
42Tacoma, WA16.2632543476
42Richmond, VA16.2645391382
44Newark, NJ16.0882746212
45Fort Collins, CO16.0355361956
46Colorado Springs, CO15.92119115740
47Syracuse, NY15.511213055159
48Oakland, CA15.1011543635
49Bellevue, WA15.022641104111
50Orlando, FL14.96542211470
51Boston, MA14.91129144628
51Sunnyvale, CA14.91335721120
53Irvine, CA14.4987494920
54Vancouver, WA14.452924166144
55Hollywood, FL14.381814289138
56Metairie, LA14.3310173166183
57Las Vegas, NV14.184921128106
58Hialeah, FL13.7914154119168
59Washington, DC13.77103152881
60Tempe, AZ13.343111548125
61Pomona, CA13.24611549827
62Plano, TX13.154055128100
63Naperville, IL13.084814814465
64Corona, CA12.90651738429
65Phoenix, AZ12.87160208125
66Oxnard, CA12.813515415884
67Milwaukee, WI12.70803911254
68Worcester, MA12.61911255826
69Modesto, CA12.473911518895
70Honolulu, HI12.40581303177
71Grand Rapids, MI12.39419932148
72San Jose, CA12.38134253667
73Oceanside, CA12.337312112229
74Escondido, CA12.187210714037
75Salinas, CA12.1723165158136
76Rockford, IL12.0266876065
77Dallas, TX11.78165166859
78Riverside, CA11.759210312829
79Santa Rosa, CA11.625210718874
80Fort Lauderdale, FL11.21446189164
81Akron, OH11.2084487179
82Tampa, FL10.9774636784
82Tucson, AZ10.971043138108
84Ontario, CA10.8711116511938
85Aurora, IL10.78709918164
85Raleigh, NC10.781242644109
87Rancho Cucamonga, CA10.621161549842
88Pembroke Pines, FL10.5742173128138
89Fontana, CA10.2610915415242
90Salem, OR10.17628820152
91Mesa, AZ9.9585809794
92Toledo, OH9.89819210391
93Thornton, CO9.849016516656
94Aurora, CO9.791338014445
95Garland, TX9.7157148158100
96Albuquerque, NM9.62892796149
97Salt Lake City, UT9.541013065135
98Stockton, CA9.506715414090
99Dayton, OH9.495199152134
100St. Petersburg, FL9.46937626123
101Cleveland, OH9.431076847107
102New Orleans, LA9.41152425473
103Springfield, MA9.4014717316624
104Madison, WI9.32686042156
105Elk Grove, CA9.257713014092
106Charlotte, NC9.24163199297
107Arlington, VA9.10121769880
108McKinney, TX9.071009312286
109Overland Park, KS9.006996158111
110Scottsdale, AZ8.941574710467
111Irving, TX8.861179318172
112Spokane, WA8.625353136193
113San Bernardino, CA8.561801307742
114Tulsa, OK8.531389712869
114Glendale, AZ8.536465144152
116Indianapolis, IN8.42161448878
117Greensboro, NC8.41127887296
118Arlington, TX8.301231429486
119Savannah, GA8.24131974399
120Frisco, TX8.0899115144100
121Kansas City, MO8.021793745111
121Chandler, AZ8.0283112119126
123Moreno Valley, CA7.9817817318829
124Fort Worth, TX7.961773412886
125Tallahassee, FL7.9010599136116
125Columbus, OH7.901327151121
127Joliet, IL7.8512817316671
128Pasadena, TX7.8459173158147
128Omaha, NE7.84886853171
130Boise, ID7.736067128185
131San Antonio, TX7.651743286119
132Gilbert, AZ7.5196115114126
133Knoxville, TN7.407962166160
134Cary, NC7.338659128169
135Wichita, KS7.26125115111117
136Baton Rouge, LA7.2478154136137
137Mesquite, TX7.18112173188100
138Santa Clarita, CA7.1618212512262
139Birmingham, AL7.1415311535110
140Chula Vista, CA7.08106142102133
141Springfield, MO7.017512164181
142Norfolk, VA6.9012016575126
143Palmdale, CA6.8817217315261
144Murfreesboro, TN6.789811052178
145Little Rock, AR6.7514314830126
146Fremont, CA6.721681546389
146Olathe, KS6.72126125188111
148Miramar, FL6.6271173140164
148Lincoln, NE6.629415433193
150Lancaster, CA6.5618117315862
151Sioux Falls, SD6.4911417369149
152Hayward, CA6.40145130114105
152Reno, NV6.4011083122163
154Detroit, MI6.38198577983
155Newport News, VA6.0013015461140
156Fort Wayne, IN5.96122130101155
157Oklahoma City, OK5.93191709198
158Fresno, CA5.8611371181172
159Durham, NC5.6115151126142
160Chattanooga, TN5.4013691158142
161Nashville, TN5.281975176122
162Des Moines, IA5.2211812182196
163Lexington, KY5.111838593124
163Virginia Beach, VA5.11166103113131
165El Paso, TX5.06176129139117
166Grand Prairie, TX4.82175173188100
167Bakersfield, CA4.67142130152144
168Henderson, NV4.57137103166167
169McAllen, TX4.55102173166198
170Kansas City, KS4.44190113166111
171Winston-Salem, NC4.3818514839158
172Fayetteville, NC4.2214876166170
173Mobile, AL4.10158130166140
174Montgomery, AL4.05173173166126
175Cape Coral, FL3.9016485166161
176Shreveport, LA3.88156165158149
177Memphis, TN3.8718813083144
178Jacksonville, FL3.8519550108162
179Amarillo, TX3.8013990166195
180Killeen, TX3.78144165181164
181Jackson, MS3.7016917366177
182Paradise, NV3.42135173181185
183Peoria, AZ3.37186125144152
184Lubbock, TX3.33159148152175
185Chesapeake, VA2.95199173144131
186North Las Vegas, NV2.9217017395185
187Huntsville, AL2.83171113144181
188Spring Valley, NV2.69154173152185
189Midland, TX2.63150154188198
190Corpus Christi, TX2.55162121188196
191Clarksville, TN2.54155173188183
192Macon, GA2.44196130166156
192Augusta, GA2.4419314270192
194Sunrise Manor, NV2.30167173181185
195Port St. Lucie, FL2.20187173181174
196Laredo, TX2.17184173200175
197Anchorage, AK1.78200142109173
198Columbus, GA1.69192165188179
199Brownsville, TX1.28189173188198
200Enterprise, NV1.23194173188185
Infographic showing the best cities for crafting, a ranking based on access to crafting supplies, the size of the local crafting population, craft fairs and workshops, and more
Note: We ranked 200 cities for each metric. However, the lowest ranking position in some metrics above may not be 200 due to a significant number of ties.

Highlights and Lowlights

New York, The City That Never Stops Crafting

The Big Apple is this year’s DIY Art Capital of America. New York City handily beat out the other 199 cities in our ranking, thanks to its strong performance in three out of four categories: Community (No. 1), Education (No. 2), and Events (No. 4). 

How crazy are New Yorkers about crafts? The city is one of few that hosts a seasonal Renegade Craft Fair, one of the largest in the nation featuring goods made by hundreds of local craftspeople. 

At No. 37, New York was pulled down in the Access category by a lack of big craft chains like Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, which are more prolific in cities with more generous real estate. But that won’t stop New Yorkers from getting their hands dirty — there’s no shortage of independent arts and crafts supply stores in the city, ranking No. 7 in this metric.

Meet Your Maker (at Craft Week)

Among our top 10 cities are four crafty bigshots: San Francisco at No. 2, Atlanta at No. 6, as well as Baltimore and St. Paul, Minnesota, in ninth and 10th places. 

Each of these cities has hosted a national craft week organized by the American Craft Council. These events not only showcase artisans from across the country, but they’re also packed with fun and educational activities, including workshops, studio tours, and “maker meetups.”

Head over to one of these handy hubs if you’re serious about your craft and want to meet the big players in the industry.

Enterprise, Beam Up Some Crafters

For a city whose name literally means “a project or undertaking,” Enterprise, Nevada, is the least enterprising of our crafty cities at No. 200 overall.

Scoring only 1.23 points total, Enterprise ranked near the bottom of every category. There are few stores to buy craft supplies, no maker community, and only one art class available to the public within 5 miles of the city center — and it’s in Las Vegas. 

This is a baffling result for a town whose population is nearly a quarter children under 18, average per-household (earned) income is over $102,000 annually, and second-biggest industry is arts, entertainment, and recreation

What gives? It’s unclear, but the crafty population in Enterprise will likely find more creative encouragement in nearby Las Vegas (No. 57).

Methodology

We ranked the 200 biggest U.S. cities from best (No. 1) to worst (No. 200) for crafting based on their overall scores (out of 100 possible points), averaged across all the weighted metrics listed below.

MetricWeightMin. ValueMax. ValueBest
Access
Arts and Crafts Supply Stores per Square Mile301.53Max. Value
National Craft Chain (Hobby Lobby, HobbyTown, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, and Michaels) Locations per Square Mile200.28Max. Value
Hardware Stores per Square Mile105.22Max. Value
Thrift Stores per Square Mile100.67Max. Value
Community
Number of Local Artists and Craftspeople Participating in "Artists Sunday"30141Max. Value
Number of Crafting Meetup Groups30106Max. Value
Education
Number of Art Classes and Workshops10104Max. Value
Schools With Craft Workshops And Courses per 100,000 Residents102.97Max. Value
Events
Number of Craft Fairs and Events20371Max. Value
Number of Arts and Crafts Festivals2014Max. Value
Hosts American Craft Council National Event(s) (1 = Yes, 0 = No)301Max. Value

Sources: American Craft Council, Artists Sunday, Eventbrite, Everfest, Hobby Lobby, HobbyTown, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, Meetup, Michaels, TheThriftShopper.com, Yellow Pages, and Yelp

Small Crafts = Big Business

Americans are crafting more than ever, a trend spurred by pandemic lockdowns in 2020. We took up crafting to assuage our boredom and stress, learn new skills, or even make a political statement

Some of us got so good at DIY that we turned it into a profitable business, creating a whole new crop of Etsy craft vendors. In 2020 alone, Etsy more than doubled its revenues to a record $1.7 billion, thanks to skyrocketing sales of handmade goods, and is currently beating its own records.

As the pandemic eases, though, it seems we’re not ready to put our glue guns and crochet hooks down just yet. In fact, craft retail chain Michaels calls 2022 the “Year of Mindful Making” in its first-ever industry trend predictions.

So if you’ve wanted to try your hand at DIY art, there’s never been a better time than now. This ranking will help you find the best cities to help nurture your creative side.

LawnStarter Grass Art Contest

Show off your craft skills this National Craft Month (March)!

How to enter: Send photos of your coolest grass art project to grassart@lawnstarter.com no later than midnight Central Time on Thurs., March 31.

The prize: The winner will receive up to three free mows (maximum value: $100) from LawnStarter.

Winner selection process: The LawnStarter Team will judge the contest submissions based on creativity and how well grass is incorporated into the art piece.

We will notify the winner via email and update this article with photos of the winning project on Mon., April 4.

Best of luck!

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