By Mary Boone
If you’re drawn to Los Angeles, New York or Chicago, music may be to blame.
Urban studies theorist Richard Florida and his team at the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) recently compiled and organized information about the most music-centric metropolitan areas. According to their findings, Los Angeles is the nation’s music mecca.
The survey, reported in The Atlantic Cities, culled information from social media sites – namely MySpace, which became a popular means through which musicians promoted themselves during the mid-2000s. Though the site’s popularity has declined in recent years, Florida notes that it remains a useful source for information regarding the location and popularity of musical acts and genres.
MPI gathered information about more than 3 million artists and organized it by location, genre, and popularity as noted by fans, plays and page views.
Not surprisingly, metros with the highest total number of musical acts are concentrated on the East and West Coasts.
Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Riverside, Calif., Seattle, and Orange County, Cal., all averaged between 35,000 and 47,000 musical acts each. Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas and Las Vegas were the only cities from the country’s interior that made it into the survey’s Top 20.
Thinking of relocating to one of these music magnets? Among the Top 20 cities, there’s something for nearly every budget. According to the Zillow Home Value Index, Orange County, Calif., is the richest housing market on the list with a median home price of $516,800. New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Seattle are runners-up when it comes to home prices, with median values ranging from $464,100 to $397,800
Love live music but need housing that’s a little less spendy housing? These six melodic metros have median home values of $126,000 or less: Las Vegas, Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., Philadelphia, Orlando and Dallas.