Where is ground zero for hipsterdom in America? Would it be Portland or New York?
Not quite, according to a recent analysis from FindTheBest.com The site searched cities across the country for the classic signs of hipster populations, and found a surprising number in middle America.
The definition of hipster is admittedly squishy -- this is not a group easily forced into stereotypes --but they are generally thought to share some characteristics. They have an "effortless nonchalance," according to FindTheHome. Their preferences cross societal lines, blending cheap beer and organic food, wordly cynicism and an aspirational idealism, recycled furniture and ultra-cool clothes.
Those are tough characteristics to measure, so FindTheHome took an easier route and looked at four attributes that it thinks hipster cities have in common:
- Young people. Hipsters can be any age, of course, but they're more likely to be between 20-34.
- Education. A high percentage have a bachelor's degree.
- Cafes. Where else would you debate the best method for brewing pour-over coffee?
- Yoga studios. Because apparently hipsters and yoga are BFFs.
So when you look at the country through those hipster-colored lenses, what do you see?
Click ahead to see the 19 most hipster cities in America.