What Is The Most Hipster City In America?

Nashville, TN: Google's Mason Jar Capital of the World

Nashville, TN: Google’s Mason Jar Capital of the World

Hipster is a label that everyone applies to others, and no-one applies to themselves.  However, there are signifiers of hipster culture and lifestyle that everyone recognizes, and we can use the popularity of those signifiers to identify the most hipster cities in America.  Let’s take five common signifiers of hipster lifestyle – raw denim, craft beer, mason jars, record stores and fedoras – and see where search volume for them peaks. That could give us the hipster hotspots of America.

Search volume for five hipster terms via Google Trends

Search volume for five hipster terms via Google Trends

Added together, the search volume gives us a picture of America’s most hipster cities.

Hipster term search volume by city

Hipster term search volume by city

So New York tops the table, followed by San Francisco.  Boston is a surprise third.  Nashville’s love of mason jars and record stores earns it fourth place, while Portland’s love of record stores (remember Portlandia’s DJ Night sketch?) takes it to fifth place.  Google doesn’t separate New York’s search volume down as far as Brooklyn, but we’re sure the New York Times will attempt to do so.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “What Is The Most Hipster City In America?

  1. J Michael says:

    Fun exercise. Here is another view. Fedora’s and record stores are used only by hipsters. Craft beer search might be beer geeks. Mason jars might be canners of vegetables. No idea what raw denim actually is. If we cut for the strongest indicators – fedora and vinyl, the outcome changes as follows:

    Portland
    Seattle
    Austin
    NY
    SF
    BOS
    LA
    Nash
    CHI
    SD

    That line up seems right based on my travels. Thoughts?

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