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DC tops Forbes' list of 'America's Coolest Cities'

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Is the nation’s capital really the coolest place to live?  Forbes says so.  

Washington, D.C. sits atop Forbes’ 2014 list of America’s coolest cities, getting extra credit for its many entertainment and recreational options, its ethnically and culturally diverse population, and a large population of young people (with nearly 30 percent of the DC metro population falling between the ages of 20 and 34).

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

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