New list says D.C. is smart (sure), exciting (if you say so) and nerdy (guilty as charged)

December 20, 2013

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Another day, another list that includes the nation’s capital. The latest installment comes to us from Movoto, an online real estate company. Unlike some lists we can think of, this one is actually pretty positive: D.C. ranks as one of the best places to live in the United States, ahead of cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The District came in at No. 5 on Movoto’s list, trailing only Portland, Ore.; Atlanta, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; and San Francisco, Calif.

Here’s the part where we remind you that this list isn’t exactly what you would call scientific or conclusive. Movoto’s blog post says it determined “the nation’s most awesome places” by looking at the 50 most populous cities (according to the 2010 U.S. Census) and averaging their rankings on 15 other lists they had created decreeing things like the smartest, nerdiest and preppiest cities.

According to this measurement, D.C. is smart, well-dressed (they should tell that to Travel and Leisure) and exciting. Alas, the District doesn’t fare as well when it came to being a city for meat lovers (well, at least we have quite a few options for vegetarians and vegans) or home buyers (earlier this year, D.C.’s median home sales price hit a record high).

At least it ranks in the top half for nerdy cities, which sounds about right.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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