Bubble chart summarizing creative schools, jobs and population for the 10 large U.S. cities

Top 10 Creative Cities in the US

The two largest cities in the US, New York and Los Angeles, are also the leaders in creative jobs per capita.  They have far more photographers, designers, actors, and members of similar professions than other top creative cities.  They are not, however, the cities with the most creative schools per capita.  This honor falls to San Francisco and Saint Louis.  Visual Capitalist compiled a creative city index, based on data from the US Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The top ten cities they identified are presented in the bubble chart below:

Data on jobs in creative fields and schools that teach creative skills per capita are shown for 10 large US cities in a bubble chart.

Visual Capitalist compiled their creative cities index based on four measures--creative jobs, creative schools, number of performing arts companies and number of movie companies per capita.  They showed how this data for the top 25 cities in their index.

I thought the first two measures were the most informative.  I combined them with city population into the bubble chart above.  The chart indicates that 4 of the cities cluster together with relatively lower numbers of creative jobs and schools.  Two cities stand out with many more jobs and four with more schools.  Adding population as the bubble size allows the reader to differentiate between the larger and smaller creative cities.

I also adjusted the minimum values for both axes to reduce the white space in the chart and I used quadrant lines to help with the groupings.  I did not need to adjust the reference bubble value as the bubbles seemed nicely sized using the Mekko Graphics suggested value for bubble size.

Here is the chart in SlideShare to download and edit using Mekko Graphics: