Forbes just declared Washington the coolest city in the country. The magazine’s semi-scientific system for measuring coolness took into account:
- entertainment options, including the number of sporting events, theatrical performances, national parks, ski areas and zoos per capita. Cool is waiting in line to see a panda sleep.
- trendy food, including the share of local restaurants rather than chains and the number of farmers’ markets, breweries and CSAs per capita.
- racial and ethnic diversity.
- the portion of residents who are between the ages of 20 and 34, apparently the coolest age to be.
- net migration, or the number of people moving into a city (to be where all the cool people are).
D.C. beat out second-place Seattle, in the other Washington, and cities like Austin (#3), San Francisco (#5) and New York (#11) that pride themselves on their coolness. Here in Washington, we seem to not have as high an opinion of ourselves as Forbes does.
What makes DC America's coolest city? The soul crushing architecture that lines our streets or the hordes of zombies that walk them?
— Puck Buddys (@PuckBuddys) August 6, 2014
How in the world did DC make @Forbes list of Americas "coolest" city?
— Jerome Baker III (@jeromebaker3rd) August 6, 2014
DC is the "coolest" city in 2014 like Macklemore was the "hottest" rapper in 2013. #shade
— Angela Flournoy (@angelaflournoy) August 6, 2014
Maybe cuz I lived here most of my life but seeing dc voted as the coolest city is laughable pic.twitter.com/NZknVBHp3v
— Mr. Wordplay (@Joe__Heartless) August 6, 2014
Washington, DC named the "Coolest" city in America, http://t.co/wrmsqhel4b now give us some damn representation in Congress
— Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis) August 6, 2014
Little next-door neighbor Bethesda made the list, too, sneaking in at number 19.
Readers, what do you think is the coolest single thing about Washington? Let us know in the comments section below or with the hashtag #DCCoolest on Twitter.