- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

With a hot arts and culture scene, plenty of interesting places to eat and a young and diverse population, Washington, D.C. topped Forbes‘ 2014 list of America’s coolest cities. 

But, really, what makes D.C. so cool? 

“D.C. is a high-amenity city. It has its share of cultural arts. It has its share of natural beauty,” says Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management told Forbes.

Cities were rated based on six factors: Arts & Culture Index, Recreation Index, Diversity Index, Local Eats, Population Age 24-34 and 2010-2013 Net Migration.

Seattle, Washington got the nod for No. 2 on the Forbes list, followed by Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas and San Francisco, California. Seattle was a good contender for the No. 1 spot, Forbes said, but D.C.’s diversity edged out the West Coast metropolis.