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Salt Lake City named the second most hipster city in the U.S.

Skyline of downtown Salt Lake City with the Towering Wasatch Mountain range in the background
Skyline of downtown Salt Lake City with the Towering Wasatch Mountain range in the background
Douglas Pulsipher

Is Salt Lake City a hipster haven?

It surely looks that way. A new report from MoveHub, an international relocation company, identified the top 10 cities for hipsters. Salt Lake City finished at No. 2 on the list, right behind Vancouver, Wash.

Salt Lake City finished ahead of Cincinnati, Ohio; Boise, Idaho; and Richmond, Virginia, within the top five.

Tacoma and Spokane, Washington, earned the sixth and seventh spots, finishing just ahead of Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Rochester, New York.

The US Hipster Index based its results on five points, including the number of microbreweries, thrift stores, vegan restaurants and tattoo studios per 100,000 city residents … (and) rent inflation in the last year,” according to MoveHub.

The report called Salt Lake City “an unlikely player” in the hipster game.

“Salt Lake City has grown in recent years into one of the most popular places for LGBT Americans to live, and it seems the open, liberal leanings this suggests is translating into some serious hipster cred. It has an enviable spread of microbreweries, and with a handful of extra thrift stores and tattoo studios it would be knocking on Vancouver’s door for top spot,” according to MoveHub.

Don’t be so shocked, though. Utah cities have a history of hipsters. An analysis from FindTheBest.com in 2015 identified Provo as the 12th best city for hipsters thanks to food trucks and live music cafes.

Not to mention the restaurants “that blend entire pieces of pie into milkshakes,” according to CBS.

The Boston Globe similarly identified Salt Lake City as a “super cool hipster haven” earlier this year.