VANCOUVER, Wash. — Vancouver ranked as the most hipster city in the United States, according to the U.S. Hipster Index.
But what makes a city qualify as “hipster”?
Some cities around the world are known for being hotspots for millennials. Cities like Portland, which has a TV show inspired by the people and culture of the area (and ranked at No. 12 in the study).
This group of people, also known as hipsters, is “a subculture of 20-to 30-somethings who position themselves as non-mainstream pioneers; free thinkers and non-conformist conformists,” according to MoveHub.
MoveHub and the U.S. Hipster Index came up with its list of most hipster cities in the U.S. using five main factors: The amount of microbreweries, thrift stores, vegan restaurants, tattoo studios and rent inflation.
Three cities in the state of Washington made the top 10 list. Spokane ranks as number seven, Tacoma at number six and Vancouver at number one.
"Although Portland tends to enjoy/suffer the strongest hipster connections in pop culture (and with good reason), it’s been comfortably beaten by northern neighbor Vancouver, which tops the index with a score of 8.230. Its spread of microbreweries, thrift stores, vegan restaurants, tattoo parlours, and, of course, gentrification is unparalleled," the story reads.
Out of the entire Top 10 list, all cities have a population of less than 500,000 people, according to MoveHub.
The full report from MoveHub and the U.S. Hipster Index can be found here.
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