Whitney Marshall, 25, of Greensboro, N.C. and her friend Eric Neff, 27, of Newport Beach, Ca. enjoy drinks after work at Bar-Code. (Ricky Carioti/WASHINGTON POST)

When describing the places young people want to be, the operative word appears to be “cool” — it was used six times in this story.Usually, such a word might be reserved for hipster meccas like the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, where it’s impossible to tell if people are wearing Halloween costumes or just being themselves. But the Washington region is gaining ground; about 7,000 people ages 25 to 34 have moved to the area per year since 2008.

Apparently, this puts the DMV on par with “hip” cities like Austin and Portland, Ore.

While another study indicated that D.C. is only the sixth-most hipster region in America, today’s story points to a different asset — a relatively sturdy economy that attracts young professionals who’d like to pursue careers and start a family.

Because, in the end, being able to afford that $350,000 two-bedroom unit in Shaw — not D.C. nightlife, not its music scene — is probably the real reason people are moving here.

But don’t take my word for it: Why do you think young people are flocking to the area?

Here’s what people are saying using #YoungDC on Twitter:

(If you want to know more about the local economy and why it’s staying afloat, read Marc Fisher’s story.)

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