American Cities On The Rise

When choosing a place to live, it isn’t always easy to know whether a location is right for you. There are a whole host of reasons why one city may be good for some and not for others, and a new report may narrow things down for people. 

"National Geographic Traveler" just came out with their list of 29 "Cities on the Rise" based on both a unique set of metrics and expert picks. The mag rates cities desirability based on 10 unique characteristics including:

  • Most Hipster Friendly (coffee shops, tattoo parlors, record shops, vintage stores)
  • Musically Grooviest (music venues, live music, instrument stores)
  • Most Instagrammed (hashtags)
  • Most Artsy (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools)
  • Best Groomed (barber shops, hair salons, hair removal services, cosmetic dentists)
  • Meatiest (butchers, delis, steakhouses)
  • Most Dog Friendly (pet sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog friendly restaurants)
  • Sudsiest (breweries)
  • Most Caffeinated (coffee shops)
  • Greenest (parks)

While certainly some of those characteristics may be more important to others, the 29 cities on the list all excell in different areas. Cities being singled, and why, include: (click here for all 29)

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (Sudsiest)
  • Asheville, North Carolina (Most Artsy, Sudsiest)
  • Boulder, Colorado (Hipster Friendly, Musically Grooviest, Most Caffeinated, Sudsiest)
  • Charleston, South Carolina (Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (Musically Grooviest, Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (Trending- Most Artsy)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (Trending- Hipster Friendly)
  • Newport, Rhode Island (Trending- Best Groomed)
  • Olympia, Washington (Most Caffeinated, Greenest)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Trending- Sudsiest)
  • Reno, Nevada (Meatiest, Most Dog Friendly)
  • Spokane, Washington (Hipster Friendly, Most Caffeinated)

Source: National Geographic Traveler

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