Hipster Haven? Why Arlington, Va., Earned That Distinction

Jason Hargraves
Written by Jason Hargraves
Updated June 15, 2021
Tall buildings may dominate the Arlington skyline, but hipsters are filling up the neighborhoods and coffee houses. (Photo courtesy of Arlington County)

What is is about this D.C. suburb that makes the young and nonconformist flock to it?

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Arlington, Virginia, often lands on "top lists" for best places to live, whether it’s because of the highly educated population or its close proximity to Washington, D.C.

Now there's another "best" feather to put in Arlington's fedora: The Northern Virginia county has been named one of the most popular cities for "hipsters" to live in by residental real-estate search website FindTheHome.

Hipster stereotypes, loosely defined as members of a subculture that's all about nonconformity and effortless nonchalance, have been around since the late 1990s. They've sparked industry booms in clothes, barber shops, record stores and even local bike stores.

To create the somewhat silly list of top hipster hubs, FindTheHome looked at U.S. cities with more than 50,000 residents that also had a high concentration of people between the ages of 20 and 34. The website then looked for cities with a fairly educated population, lots of cafes and, of course, yoga studios.

Sounding like Arlington more and more, huh?

That’s why the D.C. suburb landed No. 7 on the Hipster-est list.

In case you're wondering, Hoboken, New Jersey, landed the less-than-coveted first slot on the list.

Looking for a hip place to live? We know some D.C.-area real estate agents who can take whatever's on your wishlist and help you find it.

Arlington, Virginia, is one of the top places for hipsters to hang their fedoras, according to FindTheHome. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
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