Seattle No. 4 'Most Exciting City' in America



Posted on May 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 12:00 PM

Seattle has a reputation for being a mellow place to chill out with a cup of coffee and a good book, but the Pacific Northwest jewel does have a more thrilling side.

Just ask any of the city’s hundreds of cyclists, urban hikers or paddle boarders where you can find a great cocktail, art walk or food truck.

For all these reasons, the Emerald City was rated one of the most exciting cities in America by real estate blog Movoto behind No. 1 Oakland, which was followed by No. 2 Boston (heavy of youth and universities), No. 3 San Francisco (Fisherman’s Wharf and food galore), No. 4 Seattle and No. 5 Washington, D.C. (Smithsonian museum hopping).

“When we think of an exciting place to live, we think about places where there is always something to do — whether it’s eating at new restaurants or jogging through a park,’’ Movoto said.

The site’s staff concocted a list of 10 criteria to make their decision about what makes for an exciting city then surveyed 50 cities based on these criteria using various websites such as Yelp and Yellow Pages. The factors figured into the rankings included:

  • Park acreage per person
  • Percent of population between 20 and 34 years old
  • Fast food restaurants per square mile (the fewer the better)
  • Bars per square mile
  • Big box stores per square mile (the fewer the better)
  • Population diversity
  • Movie theaters per square mile
  • Museums per square mile
  • Theater companies per square mile
  • Music venues per square mile

The research was kept strictly to the city limits, meaning that no suburbs or larger metro areas were included, so each metropolis had to stand up on its own happy feet.

The rest of the rankings went like this:

No. 6 New York, the city that never sleeps; No. 7 Milwaukee, with river boating and urban parks; No. 8. Atlanta, with an array of funky eateries and shops from Little Five Points to the Virginia Highlands; No. 9 Philadelphia, a wired City of Brotherly Love that has married history and technology and No. 10 Portland, Ore., a cyclists’ city that sports some of the country’s most sumptuous cutting-edge cuisine.