Our data team mixed up a large batch of kale smoothies and set out to find the next hipster meccas sprouting up across the U.S. We took a deep dive into the 500 largest cities in the country in search of those that combine a fun, young, culture-rich urban experience with affordability for the long haul.
Criteria for the list included: Number of foodie hot spots, bike shops, yoga studios, cultural outlets, an increase in the population of 25- to 34-year-olds from 2013 to 2014, and an increase in the percentage of people shopping for a home on realtor.com.
After this, realtor.com ran the acceptable cities through an affordability check.
This is what was left.
Here are the 10 trendiest U.S. cities that you can still afford to live in: