The Trendiest, Most Affordable Cities In The U.S.

March 7, 2016

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.” That was Albert Einstein’s way of explaining relativity. Here’s another: using the word trendy. Say it to one person and they hear the words ‘vibrant,’ ‘cultured,’ and ‘unique.’ Say that same word to someone else and they hear ‘weird,’ ‘obnoxious,’ and ‘hipster.’

It’s all relative, as they say. But regardless of the connotation placed on the word itself, trendy cities are sprinkled all over the country, with some being more affordable than others. has created a list of ten of the trendiest U.S. cities that are still affordable to live in.

The list took into consideration information such as foodie hot spots, number of bike shops, number of yoga studios, number of cultural outlets, and an increase in the population of people aged 25-34 from 2013 to 2014. Finally, each of the trendy cities was put through a housing affordability check, and anything too exorbitant was thrown out.

The majority of the cities on the list are found east of the Mississippi with Salt Lake City being the farthest west. Salt Lake City garnered the top spot on the list with its outdoor lifestyle thanks in large part to the Rockies, its large amount of entertainment options, and its affordable real estate and educated workforce.

Charleston, S.C., Ann Arbor, Mich., Asheville, N.C., and Richmond, Va. are also on the list, each one bringing its own trendy flair to the party. For the complete list and descriptions of each city, click the link below.

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