Hampden was named Forbes’ 15th Best American Hipster Neighborhood in their review of 250 neighborhoods in major cities across the country.

Forbes has a number of lists and rankings of cities, and this is the first for the “hipster neighborhood” series.

A hispter, as defined by Merriam-Webster, and used by Forbes for their rankings, is “a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns.”

The Avenue in Hampden

Hampden was named #15, due in part to the Annual “Honfest” as well as Hampdenfest, the unique shops, restaurants, and bars.

The neighborhood’s “Miracle on 34th Street” light show is another fun reason for its’ ranking.

See the Forbes slideshow of the top 20 cities and read the article on how they ranked. They used each area’s walkscore.com score, number of local coffee shops, local food trucks, farmers markets, locally owned restaurants and bards, as well as the percentage of artistic occupants who live in the area. They also used nextdoor.com’s neighborhood “hipness” index.

Hampden’s Hipster Neighborhood ranking comes on the heels of CNN’s naming Towson a top Affluent City for Singles and Forbes’ naming Baltimore Fourteenth Coolest City.

Living in Baltimore, whether in the City proper or in the County, provides many opportunities for many people. There are many popular Baltimore neighborhoods in which to live!

If you are considering moving to Baltimore or moving to Towson, contact me. I’d love to help!