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D.C. ranked second ‘coolest’ city by Forbes; Houston tops list

District residents may say it, and now Forbes is backing it. Washington, D.C. is a cool place to live.

View Photo Gallery: A new day in Washington often means another absurd, painfully accurate and always entertaining superlative for us pops up in the news. Ugliest? Check. Happiest single ladies? Check. Highly caffeinated? You know it. Read on for more examples of what the rest of the country thinks we are.

In a recent ranking of America’s 20 coolest cities, Forbes used various measurements — including local restaurants and bars per capita, median age, unemployment rate and more. Forbes put the District in second place behind Houston.

On the arts and culture index, D.C. received a score of 99 out of 100, a recreation score of 93 and a diversity score of 70.9. Forbes also found the District has over 6,000 local eateries.

The District isn’t the only area city that made the cut. Forbes also ranked Bethesda 17th and Baltimore 14th.

Do you think D.C. is the coolest? Or is there another superlative that better defines the District? Let us know. Tweet at us @PostLocal.

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.

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