The new hipster cities of America: Who's emerging as the "next Austin"?- Promoted -
There is no place more hipster-plentiful than Austin, Texas. But is Austin losing its hipsterdom title? Here are some cities on the verge of hipsterfication right now. Vote now! Or do you think Austin can keep it's rightful place on the hipster throne?
Chattanooga has been wooing the panties off the popular urbanite mag, GOOD Magazine. They have their own font, ChaType, a cool, eco-friendly VW plant and LED streetlights. So very hip.
Asheville is a live music Mecca featuring troves of young white men dressing like their grandfathers. There is always Nashville, New Orleans or Austin, but the inexpensive bluegrass capital of the world has slowly been earning it's place as the Southeast's hipster hangout.
Burlington has been known as a hippie city for a long time (Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream + Phish = Phish Food), but now the behaviors of both the hippie and hipster classes have begun overlapping. They have American Apparel, locally-sourced restaurants, local brew pubs, art galleries, an old timey theater, delightful dive bars and, at one point, Occupy Burlington, and all can be found within a few blocks of one another other.
What do young and creative urbanites love most in this world? Being on the forefront of a scene — what better place to do that than Detroit, Michigan, a city that's slowly bootstrapping itself up from the PITS OF HADES. Artists have been taking over abandoned warehouse spaces or homes and building them into studios or public art pieces — Detroit is the place to go if you're looking for street cred you really don't deserve.
The Rumpus named Richmond one of the most inhabitable hipster cities for post-graduates (and it seems like every indie band you meet is from here).
Pittsburgh has seen a renaissance with young entrepreneurs and artists in the past several years. In 2010, Forbes named the Steel City the number one most livable city in America due to it's attractive combo of low unemployment, low cost of living and high art and leisure rankings.