Once nicknamed the Hollywood for ugly people DC is slowly but surely changing its reputation. A city typically known for politics and government is now named the Coolest City in America by Forbes.com. Finally the media is recognizing that our nation’s capital deserves to be known for something else.
How do you define cool?
To compile the list of America’s Coolest Cities, Forbes.com and Sperling’s calculated entertainment options per capita in each metro area. Factoring in art and cultural options, they measured the presence of theater and musical performances as well as local museums. They also included a city’s “foodie” factor, based on the number of restaurants and bars per capita. Cultural diversity was also considered by measuring the likelihood of meeting someone of a different race or ethnicity. They believe cities with a cultural mix are more interesting in terms of restaurants, shops, and events.
Reasons why I think DC is cool
Based on these measuring tools I totally agree that DC is definitely a cool city to live in. I often reflect on all the amazing opportunities that I’ve experienced living here the past 6 years and I am astonished. Not to brag but I’ve met and interviewed some awesome people here including: June Ambrose, Necole Bitchie, Melanie Fiona, Elle Varner, Bridget Kelly, Olori Swank, and Fonzworth Bentley. I’m proud of these cool accomplishments and I recognize every single experience would be very unlikely in any other city besides New York or LA.
I rarely, if ever blog about my
9 to 5 job career which is the main reason why I live here. I thoroughly enjoy my work as a Regulatory Project Manager. Public Health is my passion and I’m blessed to work at a headquarters location where we ensure drugs are safe and effective. Sure I’d love to be a self-made millionaire without the need to work but I am fulfilled and I know that my contributions actually make a difference. Waking up and not hating my job is something I don’t take for granted.
I won’t declare DC as the next IT city but I think the city is making a name for itself outside of politics. So much raw talent in fashion, art, and innovation. The amount of creatives here is startling. I had no idea until I started blogging and attending events. DC doesn’t get the recognition it deserves so this list is a step in the right direction.
DC isn’t picture perfect either. My most common complaints about the city are traffic, high cost of living, and distance from home. Despite those factors I truly adore DC. My out-of-state friends often ask if I plan on making DC home permanently. I usually hesitate when I answer because honestly I have no clue. DC was never on my radar but now that I’m here I can’t imagine living anywhere else. (At least for the time being) I toy with the idea of moving back to Atlanta but considering my service agreement DC will definitely home for the next 5 years. I’m excited to see how the city will continue to grow and evolve.