CINCINNATI -- Uber-cool bars, European beard-grooming salons and artisanal pickle joints are no longer the exclusive property of hipster enclaves like Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood.
A new list of the United States' trendiest cities ranks the Queen City at seventh in the nation for places that combine a young, culture-rich urban experience with affordability.
A data team at realtor.com came up with the rankings after poring over numbers from America's 500 largest cities for "foodie hot spots," bike shops, yoga studios, cultural outlets, increase in population of 25- to 34-year-olds from 2013 to 2014 and percentage of people shopping for a home on their website. They also considered housing affordability to find the top 10 cities where simply living won't break the bank.
Cincinnati's trendiest points? The article references "massive street-painting parties, evening glow-art-decorating bashes followed by epic group bicycle rides," downtown murals, Over-the-Rhine, the city's German brewing heritage and Findlay Market.
And the best part for some may be the article's mention of Cincinnati chili without snide derision.
Read the whole defense of Cincy's trendiness at the website here.