Charleston Among The Top 10 Trendiest Cities

By March 8, 2016 September 29th, 2016 Around Charleston


No more than a decade ago Charleston was considered a coastal retirement destination for baby boomers and a casual tourist town for families. However, in case you haven’t noticed, the Holy City has undergone a metamorphosis over the past few years that has not only changed the economy, but also the culture and demographics of the city. recently released a study that ranked Charleston among the top 10 trendiest cities in the U.S. for “hipsters”.

What makes a city trendy you ask? According to, the trendiest (hipster) cities have several things in common. First, they offer a variety of foodie hot spots like farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries and food trucks. The next criteria looks at the number of bike shops, yoga studios and cultural settings like art galleries and music venues within the city. Then, the increase in population of 25-34-year-olds looking to purchase a home in the area is factored in. And finally, a housing affordability check was performed to eliminate cities with home prices that were “through the roof”. analyzed the 500 largest cities in the United States using these metrics and ranked Charleston among the top 10 trendiest cities. Here’s the full Top 10 list:

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Richmond, Virginia
  3. Asheville, North Carolina
  4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  6. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  7. Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. St. Louis, Missouri
  9. New Orleans, Louisiana
  10. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston ranked #10 on the list thanks to it’s small, but unique music scene, award winning local chefs and restaurants and abundance of art galleries/cultural venues. Checkout the full article here: The 10 Trendiest U.S. Cities That You Can Still Afford to Buy In.

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