Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Dallas and Fort Worth are America’s least-hipster cities
We'll take that as a compliment.
Take a map and draw a big circle around Texas, and then pretend Austin's not in it. That's the country's least-hipster area, if a relatively unscientific blog post from Movoto is to be believed. The blog is part of the Movoto real estate site, which lists homes for sale and matches people with real estate agents online.
Dallas is the 10th least hipster city in the U.S., says the blog; Fort Worth is 3rd.
The lack of hip in our 'ster shouldn't come as a shock: We're low on bike lanes and record stores when compared to cities like Portland and San Francisco. People in Dallas sometimes wear cowboy boots -- gawd, ones made with real animal hide -- and they're not even vintage. I bet people in Dallas and Fort Worth haven't even heard of that obscure dive bar in Seattle that has such a limited selection of craft beers that you'd never get there in time before it's tapped out unless you heard about it from the barista down the street who totes knows the right people.
Stereotypes aren't really that cool, but it can't come as a surprise that Dallasites can't hang with the ironic crowd. True or not, Dallas is seen as a place of steakhouses, $12 cocktails, and high-speed roads. Fort Worth is a cow town with old oil money. They may wear plaid in Cow Town, but not plaid every day that they found on their buddy Lennon's floor after the cat sat on it.
Most of the cities who made the hipster-unfriendly list are in the South. There's nothing ironic about it:
- 1. El Paso, TX
- 2. Jacksonville, FL
- 3. Fort Worth, TX
- 4. Oklahoma City, OK
- 5. Houston, TX
- 6. Charlotte, NC
- 7. Memphis, TN
- 8. San Antonio, TX
- 9. Indianapolis, IN
- 10. Dallas, TX
You'll notice that five of the 10 cities are in Texas, but Austin ain't there. That's because all the hipsters in the whole world are in Austin right now for SXSW, this arts and music thing that's no big deal. You've probably never heard of it.