Some of the “cool factor” is due to the obvious. Forbes cites a plethora of museums and sites to see along the National Mall, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Washington Nationals right in our backyard.
What makes a city “cool” in this case? Forbes says they partnered with Sperling’s BestPlaces to rank the 60 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions based on six data points, including entertainment options per capita, a city’s “foodie” factor, its cultural makeup, and the age of a city’s population.
DC is one of six east coast cities on the list, which names 20 metro areas in all. Bethesda was ranked #19!
Here’s the complete list for 2014:
1: Washington, DC 2: Seattle, Washington 3: Austin, Texas 4: Houston, Texas 5: San Francisco, California 6: San Diego, California 7: Denver, Colorado 8: Riverside, California 9: Boston, Massachusetts 10: Dallas, Texas 11: New York, New York 12: Oakland, California 13: Miami, Florida 14: Sacramento, California 15: San Antonio, Texas 16: San Jose, California (TIE) 16: Los Angeles, California (TIE) 18: Raleigh, North Carolina 19: Bethesda, Maryland 20: Santa Ana, California