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Tacoma is one of America’s hippest cities. There goes the neighborhood

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The craft beer flag flies high at these recently opened Tacoma establishments: the Dystopian State Brewing Co. in the St. Helens neighborhood and the taproom Peaks and Pints in the Proctor District. Video produced Nov. 11, 2016.
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The craft beer flag flies high at these recently opened Tacoma establishments: the Dystopian State Brewing Co. in the St. Helens neighborhood and the taproom Peaks and Pints in the Proctor District. Video produced Nov. 11, 2016.

It must be all the tattoo parlors. Or the microbreweries.

Something has made Tacoma the sixth hippest city in America.

That’s according to movehub.com, an online company that “helps you make informed decisions about where to move around the world.”

The company released its U.S. Hipster Index last month, but social media just became aware of it.

The index uses five data points to gauge hipsterness: the number of microbreweries, thrift stores, vegan restaurants and tattoo studios per 100,000 city residents, and rent inflation in the last year.

The number one hippest city in the U.S.? Our neighbor to the south, Vancouver.

Arch Tacoma rival Spokane ranked seven. Should we be proud or ashamed?

We’re not sure.

For many, hipster is a dirty word. It implies affectation, a preoccupation with what’s in and what’s out, style over substance.

“What is a hipster?” Movehub asks on its site. It answers: “In brief, hipsters are a subculture of 20- to 30-somethings who position themselves as non-mainstream pioneers; free-thinkers and non-conformist conformists.”

Non-conformist conformists?

Nowhere does it mention man buns or Bettie Page bangs.

If you know who Bettie Page is, you’re too old to be a hipster. But if you look like her, congrats, you’re a hipster.

Tricky, isn’t it?

We certainly dress the part in Tacoma. But those trendy secondhand clothes we wear? We bought them new 10 years ago at Ross.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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