Hottest, Hippest Destination Cities In America

October 3, 2009
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The hottest, hippest destination cities have been revealed. You may be surprised what cities made the hottest and hippest destinations list: did your city make it?


You know, the first thing that comes to mind when I think “hip” and “hot” is the Wall Street Journal. So why not turn to them for a listing of the most desirable locations for cool young people, who, as they put it, are looking for a “mate?” Either way, they’ve released a list of the top ten places to live for young professionals who are looking for the best place to start their lives.

The WSJ has put together a panel of experts, whose specialties include demographics, economics, and geography. Some also write about urban societal issues, which could help give them perspective when researching locations. According to the report, some of the factors they looked at were “economic diversity and lifestyle.

In a tie for first were Washington, DC and Seattle, WA. The report cited D.C. as having major draw because of the “cool” factor brought there by President Barack Obama. It also mentioned that the technology sector is growing immensely. Seattle on the other hand shares the top spot not only because of its growing tech industry, but because it has a relatively low joblessness rate. Another draw is the access to nature it offers. Interestingly enough, the persistent rain didn’t seem to affect its ranking.

Here’s the rest of the list.

3rd – New York
4th – Portland
5th – Austin
6th – San Jose
7th – Denver
8th – Raleigh
9th – Dallas
10th – (tie) Chicago & Boston

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2 Responses to “Hottest, Hippest Destination Cities In America”

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    Airika Says:

    I saw your comment about Seattles “persistent rain” and I just want to mention that Seattle isn’t actually that rainy. Sure it rains here more often than say L.A., of course it does. I happen to live in Seattle and the rain isn’t that bad, in fact the summers are downright hot and dry. I’m just tired of Seattle’s rep as rainy all the time.

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    Anthony Westby Says:

    Denver is awesome. Just moved there and got involved right away with the local young pros group (…which is one of the best I’ve ever been apart of. Great people and I think what helps make Denver so sweet is just that. Lots’ of Midwest transplants. Also the weather.