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The hippest hipster neighborhoods in America? East Austin makes Forbes' top 10

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What's the hippest hood of them all? Forbes' did a little cross-country digging and on Thursday announced its inaugural list of America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods.

With the help of Nextdoor.com and Walkscore.com, Forbes compared 250 U.S. neighborhoods, ranking them based on walkability, coffee shops per capita, food trucks, locally-owned bars and restaurants, number and frequency of farmers markets and those working in artistic occupations.

For even more street cred, Forbes' also factored in "Nextdoor’s Neighborhood 'Hipness' Index, which is based on how often words associated with hipness (for example art, gallery, designer, musician) appeared on each Nextdoor neighborhood’s site pages."

The results? Austin — "East Austin" to be more specific — ranks No. 7 on the inaugural list, and is one of the few that doesn't lie on the East or West Coast:

East Austin has unseated South Congress and Travis Heights as Austin's newest hipster home base, according to Nextdoor.com. It not only touts some of the most highly rated Mexican eateries in the country but also coffee shops, a farmers market and food trucks like the East Side King parked outside of bars and music venues every night.

Dominated with free-loving communities on both coasts, the list runs the gammut — from PDX to BKLYN. Here's the official top 10.

  1. Silver Lake, Los Angeles
  2. Mission District, San Francisco
  3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  4. Wicker Park, Chicago
  5. Pearl District, Portland
  6. H Street Corridor, Washington D.C.
  7. East Austin, Austin
  8. Capitol Hill, Seattle
  9. The Uptown, Oakland
  10. Warehouse District, New Orleans

According to Forbes, Silver Lake is the dream city for those who want to "pick up a cup of single-origin java from a coffee shop on your corner," "grab a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich from a food truck,"  "[forage] for organic veggies at a farmers market" and close out the day with "the latest hot indie band play[ing] on a small stage through the wee hours of the morning."

If that's what makes a happy hipster, then I'd say we in East (West, North or South) Austin are pretty well set, eh?

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