Some cities like Portland, Oregon, are known for being hipster havens, but increasingly, more under-the-radar places are becoming hotspots for millennials.
Smaller cities like Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington, are not only filled with vegan stores, microbreweries, and thrift stores, but they’re also more affordable to live in than many bigger cities.
MoveHub created a US Hipster Index that ranked cities based on a variety of factors that make them appealing to young people. The index takes into account the density of tattoo parlors, vegan stores, microbreweries, and thrift stores, as well as any increases in rent.
Keep reading for the 20 hippest cities in the US.
Seattle has always had a reputation for being a hip (and rainy) city in the Pacific Northwest. From coffee shops to thrift stores, Seattle has plenty of amenities for young people. In fact, the city has over 40 breweries, including 7.1 microbreweries per 100,000 people.
19. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Downtown Albuquerque is full of breweries, cafes, and art galleries, making it the perfect spot for young people to explore and enjoy the local culture.
Historically, Reno, Nevada, has been known to be a city full of seedy bars and casinos. Reno’s Midtown District has been revitalized in recent years, and now offers a variety of hip breweries, gastropubs, and cocktail bars.
This neighborhood is also home to tattoo parlors and vintage shops, making it the perfect place for millennials.
17. Tampa, Florida
Tampa, Florida, is a beautiful city located on the state’s Gulf Coast. Ybor City, Tampa’s Latin Quarter, is one of the hippest areas in the city. It’s known for cigar factories and Cuban, Spanish, and Italian-inspired restaurants.
Huntsville is a bustling city in northernfarmers’ markets, coffee shops, and local breweries, there’s plenty to do. Plus, the city has 9.3 thrift shops per 100,000 people, making it a great place for fashionistas and creatives.
15. Santa Rosa, California
You might be surprised to read that Santa Rosa was named California’s hippest city, over Los Angeles and San Francisco. This small city in the state’s wine country is known for its delicious local cuisine and its small town atmosphere.
There’s plenty to do in Tucson, Arizona, whether you’re looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the desert, explore the work of local artists, or check out trendy spots like a solar-powered cafe and bar.
13. Knoxville, Tennessee
From local boutiques and wine bars to an annual biscuit festival, Knoxville, Tennessee has no shortage of things to do for young people looking for a unique experience in the South.
Portland, Oregon, is a go-to when you think of hip cities in the US. There are coffee roasteries, breweries, and plenty of vegan restaurants for residents to enjoy.
11. Orlando, Florida
When you think of Orlando, Florida, you probably think of Walt Disney World, although the city has plenty more to offer millennials.
The city is great for vegans and vegetarians, for example, considering that Orlando has 9.7 vegan stores for every 100,000 residents, according to MoveHub.
10. Rochester, New York
Rochester is located in beautiful upstate New York. The city has a hot culinary scene that’s especially appealing to millennials, with 8.62 vegan stores and 5.74 microbreweries per 100,000 residents.
9. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan, has become a destination for artists, musicians, and other creatives in recent years. The city has 6.11 microbreweries and 8.65 thrift stores per 100,000 residents.
From shopping to restaurants, Atlanta, Georgia, is known for all kinds of hip establishments, including a large number of stores and restaurants that cater to vegans.
The city’s Little Five Points neighborhood is know to be particularly popular among millennials, since it offers a wide array of cafes, shops, art galleries, and music venues.
7. Spokane, Washington
Located in eastern Washington, Spokane is a beautiful riverfront city with tons of natural beauty.
Spokane is home to Gonzaga University and Washington State University Spokane, so there are tons of young people in this vibrant city, as well as plenty of hip businesses catering to them.
Located just south of Seattle, Tacoma is another stunning city on the Puget Sound.
Whether you’re looking to find unique vintage items on Antique Row in downtown, or see an amazing view of the city from the heights of Five Mile Drive, there’s something for everyone in Tacoma.
5. Richmond, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia, earned fifth place on MoveHub’s ranking because it has the most thrift stores per 100,000 people of all the included cities, as well as plenty of microbreweries.
MoveHub named Boise, Idaho, the fourth hippest city in the US because of its density of tattoo parlors and thrift stores.
Plus, the city is also home to farm-to-table restaurants and vegan eateries, making it a hotspot for healthy and environmentally-conscious people.
3. Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio, is a hub for arts and culture. For foodies, there’s Findlay Market, a local farmers’ market with a variety of local products. If you love art, the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center is a spectacular museum, especially since the building was designed by the famed architect Zaha Hadid.
From vegan stores to microbreweries, Salt Lake City has plenty to offer for its millennial residents. If that’s not enough, there are endless spots for hiking, biking, and skiing for those who love the outdoors but still want to live in an urban setting.
1. Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington, took the number one spot for the hippest city in the US due to its density of tattoo parlors and microbreweries. It’s also a city that’s growing in popularity and gaining plenty of new residents, since it has experienced a 16.2% year-on-year rent demand increase, according to MoveHub.
Via: Business Insider