Events like the Bethesda Row Arts Festival help explain why Forbes ranked Bethesda the 17th coolest city in America. (Bethesda Row Arts Festival/Bethesda Row Arts Festival)

Given all the superlatives that D.C. has racked up recently, few saw it as shocking last month when Forbes listed the District as the second coolest city in America. What did come as something of a surprise was the city that Forbes ranked 17th on the same list: Bethesda, Md. In addition to pointing out that Forbes is actually referring to the “Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick Metropolitan Division,” a term used by the U.S. Census Bureau, Just Up The Pike argues that the ranking is justified.

“Whether or not Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick deserves to be called one of America's coolest cities, the facts supporting that title still hold. With 1.2 million residents, it's comparable to the metropolitan area Salt Lake City...It's got everything from the headquarters of a major media corporation to punk houses and a town lovingly called the ‘People's Republic.’”

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