For those of us from the Seattle area, it's easy say we think our city is the best. Now, however, we have scientific, data-driven proof, as Forbes published its list of the Top 20 Coolest Cities in the U.S., and our gorgeous Emerald City ranked #2!
The Seattle PI, who reported on this achievement, explained that Forbes considered "entertainment, number of restaurants and bars, recreation, diversity and population growth, especially in the 20-34 age group," which speaks to the growing millennial population in the city, often correlated with the high number of technology companies that dwell here. Other factors that elevated Seattle to the near-top? Forbes notes its "abundant outdoor attractions" and its "foodie culture" as the "city has a relatively high preponderance of farmer's markets, breweries, & CSAs per capita, compared to other metro areas, and 81.6% of its restaurants are local rather than chains."