DC is The Coolest City in America


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.

See what other cool cities made the list. If yours didn’t maybe it’s time to consider relocating.


  1. Lisa Cole
    08/06/2014 / 5:38 PM

    I enjoyed reading this entry! I have the exact complaints about LA. 🙂

  2. Lisa Cole
    08/07/2014 / 12:05 AM

    Are you surprised that some cities didn’t make the list? I didn’t see Atlanta on the list did I?

    • Nicole
      08/07/2014 / 4:36 PM

      I’m not surprised that Atlanta isn’t on the list given the measuring criteria. Atlanta is lacking in the diversity area. Very surprising that Bethesda, MD (A suburb, close to DC) made the list. DC residents are actually complaining that DC isn’t a “cool” city. I think they should be glad it’s being recognized for something other than politics!

  3. Idreaminchanel
    08/07/2014 / 8:38 PM

    Nice plug for the day time gig! I too hesitate when my friends ask about my long term DC plans. It’s such a cool lil place for that 18 – 34 demo. Happy i’m still able to check that box! Other places make me feel like a slacker for not having the standard husband, 2 kids and mini-mansion of so many other communities (I’m southern). Whenever I think of leaving, I’m always like….but where would I go that lives up to D.C. Glad we made the list.

    • Nicole
      08/13/2014 / 9:52 PM

      Thanks! DC is cool and like any city it has it’s disadvantages but overall I think its great for progressive young professionals. I know the feeling…most of my southern college friends are like that but it doesn’t make me feel like a slacker. We just had different choices in life.

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