Don your black-rimmed glasses and skinny jeans. Drink up that latte from an indie coffee shop. Head over to your neighborhood farmers market and stock up on kale.
Party like a hipster and visit these top destinations in Massachusetts.
We based this hipster list on each town’s number of colleges per resident, percentage of renters versus buyers, percentage of hybrid cars versus non-hybrid cars, and the number of Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Starbucks (hip stores) per resident. Our sources were the US Census, state Department of Revenue, and various companies.
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Swampscott may be small (its population is 13,896) but its got two hip stores.
A reported 203 Swampscott drivers own hybrid cars.
Throw more than 1200 renters and a college into the mix, and you get one hipster suburb.
Pictured: The assistant manager (or second mate as they call them at Trader's) arranges produce at Trader Joe's, where a package of organic spinach looms in the foreground.
Its high number of renters in Chelsea push it into the eighth spot on this hipster countdown.
Otherwise, Chelsea ranks low, with only 297 hybrid drivers, one hip store and no colleges.
Pictured: Check out registers at Market Basket
Wellesley’s three colleges put it into the hipster running.
This Boston suburb has 619 hybrid drivers and more than 1,700 renters.
It’s quaint downtown is also home to three hip stores.
Pictured: In the Harry Potter book series, the game of quidditch is played completely in the air on flying broomsticks. At Wellesley College, students have grounded the sport and adapted it for play by Òmuggles.
A reported 5,078 of Northampton’s 28,501 residents rent. That makes the home of Smith College a hipster place in our book.
As for our other criteria, the town boasts 660 hybrid cars and two hip stores.
Pictured: A chalked protest in front of the Smith College Campus Center about the rumor that the campus is about to go all vegan and all locavore.
Amherst is the youngest town in Massachusetts and one of the most hipster.
The town of 37,776 has 4,548 renters, 588 hybrid drivers and three colleges.
In need of a hip store? Amherst has one.
Pictured: Amherst College student came out, complete with glasses and lightening bolt, to support her roommate who plays a keeper for Amherst's Quidditch team.
Now, urbanites, you may assume that good ole Beantown would top this list, but that’s not true.
Despite a high renter percentage, nearly 6,300 hybrids, 27 colleges, and 59 hip stores, it still tops out at number three on this list.
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The Boston suburb of Brookline is a hipster haven.
At a population of 59,132, the city has about 12,116 renters and 1,117 hybrid drivers. It is home to four colleges and eight hip stores.
To sum it up, Brookline is young, transient, eco-friendly and very hipster.
The hipster capital of Massachusetts is Cambridge (but then again, if you were truly a hipster, you would know that.)
The city across the river has 29,215 renters, 1,738 hybrid cars, seven colleges, and 16 hip stores.
Pictured: Knitters at the Plough & Stars Bar listen to the music of the Kelly Riley Band.
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