This study determined the most hipster cities in America by purely analyzing data; and it's probably not the ones you may assume.
Cities with a population above 500,000, did not rank in the Top 10.
A recent study determined that Vancouver, Wash. is the No. 1 ‘hipster’ city in America.
‘The Couv,’ as locals call it, is the largest suburb across the Columbia river to Portland, Ore. a.k.a. Beervana. Surprisingly, Portland itself, known for it’s people with ‘hipster tendencies,’ ranked at No. 12.
But how are hipsters defined, anyway? And, do hipsters even know they are hipsters?
MoveHub, a company that provides information to people who are looking to relocate to a different city, carried out the study. According to MoveHub, “hipsters are a subculture of 20 to 30-somethings who position themselves as non-mainstream pioneers; free-thinkers and non-conformist conformists.”
The site’s new Hipster Index ranks cities against five key metrics: number of microbreweries, thrift stores, vegan restaurants, tattoo studios per 100,000 city residents, and rent inflation in the past year.
Vancouver ranked No. 2 in the microbreweries category after Denver, Co. and it was at the top of the list for year-over-year rent percent change in the U.S., ranking at No. 1.
As reported by “The Columbian,” “These rankings didn’t even take pot shops, juice bars and hot yoga studios into account.”
It’s important to note that no large city made the top rankings list. “Its seems that larger cities have their hipster-ness diluted by their size. Similarly, rent in these cities is already exorbitantly high. Gentrification falls to the ‘discovered’ smaller or revitalized destinations,” reported MoveHub.
The most hipster cities trailing behind Vancouver as part of the top five in the U.S., are as follow: