AUSTIN -- The lyrics “It feels like a perfect night to dress like hipsters,” words from Taylor Swifts “22,” could not ring more true for residents of Austin, TX and Portland, OR but really, which city takes the prize for being the most hipster?
A recent real-estate blog by movoto.com put the two cities to the challenge and if were counting vintage wear, bashing mainstream music and showing off obscure knowledge of underrated bands, Portland wins the prize.
Not everyone is a fan of hipsters these days; a recent study by Public Policy Polling revealed that only 16 percent of Americans still think being hipster is “cool.”
Movoto rated quality of life comparisons between Portland and Austin for the populations segment ages 20 through 34 years old.
Austin beat out Portland when it comes to the appropriate age group, 31.8 percent, or 260,954 of Austin’s 820,611 residents as of 2011. In Portland, on the other hand, 26.8 percent of its 593,820 residents—159,144—are within that age range.
For “artistry jobs” Austin also won the competition, though barely. Those service-industry jobs included bars and coffee shops to restaurants, percentage-wise. In Austin’s case, 11.4 percent of residents work in the arts or food service, compared to 11 percent in Portland, according to the U.S. Census.
When it came to raw vegetables Portland won outright when comparing the number of vegetarian and raw food restaurants each city has per capita. Austin has one of the former for every 8,418 residents and one of the latter for every 86,985 residents. Portland has one vegetarian restaurant for every 2,411 people and one raw food restaurant for every 31,829 people.
Surprisingly when it comes to hipster hangouts Austin has one for every 4,832 residents while Portland has one for every 1,768. Portland also won out with more coffee shops, record stores vintage clothing retailers and it has a higher walk score and biking rank.