Congrats! You Live in America's 8th Coolest City

Playing loose with the definition of a city, Forbes ranked Orange County as the 8th coolest city in America.

I refuse to believe that Houston is the coolest city in America and that New Orleans and Portland can’t crack the top 20.

I also refuse to believe that Forbes is the arbitrator of cool.

Despite my misgivings, Forbes went ahead with it’s list of the 20 coolest cities in America, and Orange County beat New York City and San Francisco to land in the number eight spot.

The magazine ranked the coolest cities based on seven factors including arts and culture, recreation, diversity, local eateries, median age, the unemployment rate and net migration. It was Disneyland, our relative youth, our love of food, and a migration rate that exceeded the number of people moving to LA that put us over the edge.

Forbes gave us a respectable 87 out of 100 when it comes to arts and culture. As for recreation, we killed it with a score of 98. We landed a 75.7 for diversity, and we have 5,735 restaurants to choose from, according to Forbes. Our median age is 36, and 13,910 people migrated to Orange County in 2011 compared to only 10,500 who moved to LA that year, the magazine noted.

Yet LA is cooler than OC, according to Forbes. The City of Angels came in at number three, with an impressive but not surprising 100 points for recreation. For the full list of Forbes’ coolest cities, click here.

Joker Joe August 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM
5,735 restaurants and building until there is no land left.
Joker Joe August 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Houston is a humidifier. Sweat and muggy.
Tennickly August 22, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The point that Orange County is not a city is valid, but Peter is right that the headline would have been very cumbersome with the metropolitan area words. I love visiting NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Boston, and many other places, but for me, OC is where I am happiest. Sure, plenty of people are selfish jerks, but I tend to hang out in places where people are interesting. I like the boat docks. I sail and find that my fellow sailors are great conversationalists. I love the weather. You can sail 12 months a year if you have one half decent jacket. The next time I leave CA for good, it will be in a pine box.
Jessica Slifca August 22, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Orange County is a feeling, a way of life, almost a religion
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