Minnesota named 'Most Hipster State in the U.S.'

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It's something that doesn't seem like it can be quantified, but through rigorous research and controlled study BuzzFeed has found a way. In a recent piece, the website named Minnesota the Most Hipster State in the U.S., shockingly beating out New York (Williamsburg!) and Oregon (Portland!).

Somewhere in a northeast Minneapolis dive bar, a guy in flannel drinking a PBR Tallboy is crying tears of joy, and he's not sure why.

So how did we capture the number one spot? Apparently Minnesota "leads the nation in searches for the term 'hipster.'" BuzzFeed further asserts that while Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood is teeming with hipsters, it is the Minnesota hipster aesthetic that they are trying to imitate. Fascinating!

The article goes on to explain that Minnesota's obsessive bike culture, thriving music scene/legacy, and our love of lumberjack chic are top reasons why we're the biggest hipster state. However, it's a little dubious to call out our abundant farmers' markets (produce is a hipster thing?) and our thriving theater scene (wealthy people at the Guthrie are hipsters?) as examples of our hipster-ness.

But we definitely can't argue with Exhibit J: Juno.

Click here to read the complete list of hipster states.


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monk729
monk729

To be the "most hipster state", all you have to do is say, "We're the most hipster state!"  No one's going to argue with you.  It's there for the taking... just like, "We're the biggest douche state."  Oh and by the way, we're also the biggest douche state.

HUMAN
HUMAN

What happened to the word human? Does anyone know?

Rbdrebe
Rbdrebe

everytime I see a hipster  look at a hipster and say "ew look at that hipster" I think "gross look at that hipster looking at that hipster" does that make me a hipster? ahahahhaha

Jbperske
Jbperske

Only a hipster would deny such things as being hipster.

Michael Darwin Berg
Michael Darwin Berg

I love that people are fighting over who is the most popular hipster... I thought being a hipster was a bad thing. HAHAHA

Gloriaaah
Gloriaaah

this is hilarious. i live in saint paul and i would never expect this.

Asuther01
Asuther01

I'm a FUCKING MINNESOTAN!!! :D

That One Black Guy
That One Black Guy

My best friend pretty much described hipster's as dirty haired dudes who wear clothes from the 90's. I think of hipsters as a somewhat grunge version of Indie Kids. I totally agree that hipster's as well as indie kids like good music, art and are eco friendly; someone that tries to find obscure bands recycles once a month and tries hard not to try hard is someone that is trying to live up to what they heard a hipster kid is and that in-turn make them very un-hipster...if you know what I mean. And You can't really describe most groups by how they are said to act only by style, and common interests like Prep or Scene or Emo, because I know emo kids that are not depressed and I know prep that were or are depressed so.....yea.

ljhkb
ljhkb

People here have to google "hipster" to make sure they're getting it right. Every. Day. 

Joe
Joe

To celebrate, you should all go out and punch a hipster in his ironic goddamned face.

nate
nate

we're also minnesota modest. can we please not advertise our awesomeness to the world? i like it the way it is..

Veghead
Veghead

Just because they Play/show/perform/display. . . Does not make that Band/art any good.  They must perform well and be talented.      It does not matter that you know them... or they play the same show everytime.   

Veghead
Veghead

Im gonna puke,   I love this town,  but Im soo sick of the hipster look/attitude.  Your music is based on older music,  most of what you like sucks,  pull your pants up.  And If I am at the CC dont be a jerk.    GO SEE Live Music! 

Dan
Dan

 I've always separated minnesota hipsters from other state's hipsters. Most of the "hipster" cats I know from minnesota have been riding fixie since the day they were born, down to earth, and aren't trying to impress anyone. 90% of hipsters however.....

asdf
asdf

another reason to never visit

Nathanpinder
Nathanpinder

hipsters are gay as fuck. Im nathan pinder, come at me hoes

happy here
happy here

it's just a great city to live in with a great art and music scene and the most bicycle enthusiats in the u.s. I also think that there's a large population of folks who believe downsizing their lives is a good idea. simple enough....right?

Ethom19
Ethom19

HIPSTERS, FLIPSTERS and Finger *snap* popin *snap* Daaadayyes! knock me your lobes!

Reader
Reader

Hipster= Ugly people shoving it in my face that their different. I get it, gimme my coffee and buy some deodorant.

Hipsters are a disease.
Hipsters are a disease.

Question: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: Its some obscure number that you probably never of before.

GUEST
GUEST

haha, wow. Why does everybody care so much? Live your own life and stop gawking at others. After all we all the same fate anyway.

StevenMN
StevenMN

If you need to Google the word "hipster" for a definition I'd say you weren't one

dogging
dogging

The Most Hipster State In The US: While popular media has portrayed Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood as the home of the hipster, New York is only #2 in terms of overall "hipster" search volume. Who's #1?.. ... All Williamsburg and Greenpoint hispters are from North Bumblefuck, MN or Bellybutton, Iowa. NATIVE New Yorkers don't listen to Animal Collective or go to Co-op food markets, they beat people who ride their bikes with padlocks and drink until they throw up. ...

Evel
Evel

Now we're googling "hipster" in our endless quest to matter? Eventually the other 49 states will like us. We need to just need to keep trying to tell them how great and unique we are.

Troythiel
Troythiel

Is there an age limit to be a hipster...kinda like Logan's Run?

Guest
Guest

Haters need to open their minds.

Jay Zee Zaabri
Jay Zee Zaabri

it must me be all the vampires that live here... including Josh Hartnett

Sparky
Sparky

From our bumbling 'professional' sports teams to the self important, insular, and inconsequential private colleges sucking the life out of Saint Paul, putting up with what has to be the least talented collection of writers and least influential of the VVM media properties, having a twenties-something crowd that is more concerned (male and female) with their shade of eyeliner and toenail paint than effecting lasting real-world change, and our ineffective and just plain stupid political leaders from both sides of the aisles, I can easily see why Minnesota is gaining a reputation for being the worse possible sub-universe of hipster culture instead of being on the upside of what could be right about the potential energy.

what evs.
what evs.

city pages yet again bringing minneapolis quality regurgitated pseudo-news...

ToneD
ToneD

Q: How many hipsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?A: Its a pretty obscure number, you've probably never heard of it!

Sweetgrl915
Sweetgrl915

As A-Train references, Minnesotans use the website "Thrifty Hipster" for happy hour deals. Ed's point about 13 year olds with big boobs is valid. Buzzfeed...not so valid.

A-Train
A-Train

Minneapolis: googling "thrifty hipster" so you don't have to.

Raymond
Raymond

Not only is this now the gayest city but it's full of "hipsters". Whatever that may mean. I guess those are semi-gay twink boys.

staircar
staircar

As a true hipster, this is the only type of news that can draw me to City Pages. I usually get all my information from back issues of Pulse.

mpls
mpls

sigh. this is simply disgusting.. I just can't believe it.. I mean, sure, we have festivals like May Day but IFC made a show called "portlandia" directly targeted to make fun of the hipster.. this is just not right. o.o

Guest
Guest

Let's just embrace this. The negative connotation associated with the term "hipster" refers to a trend in fashion, but in reality all it means is having good taste in music/art and living eco-friendly. It's just a modern day twist on the term "dirty hippie"

Nikkusho
Nikkusho

Ok I think this was a pretty funny post, but I am so over hearing people say "gay this, gay that"

Lothar
Lothar

Oh, I know exactly what you mean. Precisely.

hipsterPot-amous
hipsterPot-amous

i'd say hipsters drink until they throw up sometimes too.

senor pants
senor pants

"and inconsequential private colleges sucking the life out of Saint Paul"

OMG, totally. We'd be so much better off *without* all of the successful business that have been started by St. Thomas/St. Kate's/Mac alums. Wait, no. Attracting and keeping educated people in your city is a good thing. Got your angry pants on so tight you can't think straight.

Hipsters Are Losers
Hipsters Are Losers

Being a hipster means you're a pretentious loser that spends lots of time, money, and effort trying to look effortless. It means finding obscure, bad bands and then claiming you know everything about them and that somehow that makes you better than people who are smarter, better fit, and harder working than you. It means claiming you live eco-friendly when you have one recycling bin that you fill up once a month. Hipsters are massive losers, but they never really figure that out because they're so up their own asses.

discordianstooge
discordianstooge

"having good taste in music/art"

No, being a hipster means only liking things that suck and saying it's "ironic", and trying really hard not to try hard at anything.

On second thought, never mind. I'm totally over that definition.

schmeep
schmeep

Good! As a New Yorker, I totally agree. Can you please take all of our hipsters, so we can use the real estate for those without trust funds? Danke.

HUMAN
HUMAN

If one had only a singular recycling bin, that only became full once a month...would they not be more eco-friendly?

 

As it would seem, your logic is not sound sir, and quite angry, try being a human again. Perhaps you will find, it really does not matter to anyone outside of the internet who you are and who i am.

Guest
Guest

You, sir, are most likely a hipster.

Gborg95
Gborg95

Thank you. I attend the University of Minnesota and, personally, I can say that hipsters are beginning to take over this campus and they are trying to make the university a little bit too "hip" itself.

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