Hoboken Ranked Top Hipster City In The US

Dated: 03/18/2015

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Hoboken ranked top hipster city in the U.S.

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HOBOKEN-- Sorry, Portland, Hoboken apparently has you beat when it comes to young people with a taste for yoga and cafes. 

A new list on FindtheBest.com ranks the Mile Square City as the most hipster city in the country, well ahead of San Francisco and Seattle. Missing from the list are several places well-known for their populations of flannel-clad, bearded, bespectacled people and other tell-tale stereotypes that fall under the umbrella of being cool before it was cool. New York City and Portland--even though they have, respectively, Williamsburg and a television show riffing on its eccentricities--didn't make the cut. 

In the context of this list, hipster seems to mean a young, college-educated person with a penchant for yoga and coffee shops. 

The website only looked at cities with populations greater than 50,000 that have a high number of residents between the ages of 20 and 34, who have at least a bachelor's degree. Cities were then ranked according to how many yoga studios and cafes they have per 10,000 people. The median age in Hoboken is 31.2, and 73.5 percent of the population has earned a bachelor's degree or higher, according to the Census' American Community Survey numbers from 2009-2013.

The city has 13.1 cafes and one yoga studio per 10,000 residents, according to FindtheBest.com. So, roughly 65 places to get coffee and five yoga studios. 

This isn't the first time a website has pegged Hoboken as a hipster hub. The cityranked 13th among the top 25 hipster zip codes compiled by real estate data cruncher, RealtyTrac, in November 2013. 

FindtheBest.com describes hipsters as "a subculture all about non-conformity and effortless nonchalance." But the word dates back to at least the 1940s. 

Initially, hipster was used to describe a know-it-all, and then a derivation of "hep-cat"--a stylish person, who kept up with the latest trends in jazz, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. In the 1960s, it was used to describe a movement of people who rejected "accepted standards and values."

In addition to its many coffee shops, Hoboken draws hordes of young crowds to its bars, especially for during holiday-themed pub crawls throughout the year. Pilsener Haus & Biergarten on the northern end of the city is sought after by connoisseurs craving imported drafts and craft beers. The city is pedestrian-friendly and plans to launch a bike-sharing program in the spring. 

By Kathryn Brenzel | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 
on March 18, 2015 at 10:41 AM, updated 
March 18, 2015 at 11:20 AM  


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