Des Moines gives off a hipster vibe. However, sometimes when you're in the thick of it, it's challenging to see if every city is giving off the same vibe or are we extraordinarily hipster? I would say we are about average. Lawn Starter ranked the best cities for hipsters. At the top of the list is New York City! Chicago is the closest great city for hipsters, it ranks #5 on the list.
A hipster is defined as someone who tries too hard to not do things that are deemed to be popular. But, in a city catered to hipsters, wouldn't hipster behavior be popular? The entire concept can hurt your head.
In any case, Des Moines ranks at ninety three on the list. Sometimes, I think living in Des Moines is a hipster move, ya know?
Other cities that are tops for hipsters are: Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Denver, Austin and Atlanta.
Lawn Starter looked at things like access to thrift stores, farmers markets and vinyl when coming up with these rankings.