The folks at the California-based real estate site Movoto seem to have quite the vendetta against hipsters, so much so that they spent the time to rank the 30 most populous U.S. cities by hipster quotient. Their findings reveal that Houston is the No. 5 least hipster city in the nation.
We ought to be flattered, I suppose, given their distaste for that type of person — but it's hard to take seriously a study conducted by people who openly admit to "still feel some love for" Smash Mouth.
Plus, they look at factors that would be positive assets to any city's fabric: The amount of residents between the ages of 20 and 35, the walkability and bikeability of the area, the number of vintage stores, dive bars, vegetarian restaurants and vinyl stores per capita, as well as the number of people who work in "arts, entertainment and recreation, and accommodation and food services."
Take, for instance, the Bayou City's dive bars. Eater Houston recently rounded up a baker's dozen of iconic ones, none of which could be called "hipster havens," but they all attract an interesting cross section of society.
Think about the vintage boutiques that line 19th Street, and the record stores around Richmond Avenue, and the Houston Bikeway Program's push for greater connectivity.
Or our vegetarian and vegan restaurants, which run the gamut from Radical Eats' take on Tex-Mex to Green Seed Vegan's raw elixirs to Sunshine's sandwiches and smoothies on the outskirts of the Third Ward.
El Paso ranks No. 1 on the list of "The Ten Least Hipster Cities," followed by Jacksonville, Fla. and Fort Worth. San Antonio ranks No. 8 and Dallas slides in at No. 10.