You’d think if someone was looking for hipsters in Whatcom County, they’d start at a coffeeshop in Fairhaven or maybe a brewpub near downtown Bellingham, searching out people wearing those thick-framed glasses and vintage combat boots and packing a yoga mat.
But the data experts at FindTheHome.com discovered something else - you have to take a ferry to get there.
FindTheHome crunched the numbers in order to find out which Whatcom County zip codes are the “most hipster.” To do this, they created their own “Hipster Score,” which is a combination of these factors: a majority of college-educated residents (bachelor’s degree or higher), a high percentage of residents between the ages of 20 and 34, and a large amount of cafés and yoga studios (calculated per 10,000 people).
The most hipster zip code in Whatcom County is 98262 - Lummi Island - with a Hipster Score of 71. It has 19.2 cafes per 10K people, 0.0 yoga studios per 10K people, and 24.2 percent of residents are 20- and 30-somethings, according to data compiled by FindTheHome. More than 44 percent of the island’s residents have bachelor’s degrees.
The Lake Samish-to-Chuckanut Drive area south of Bellingham (98229) came in second place with a Hipster Score of 65. In last place is the Custer area (98240), the least hipster zip code in Whatcom County.
The most hipster neighborhood in Bellingham? The Central Business District (translation: downtown), with a Hipster Score of 87. It has 199.4 cafes per 10K people, 29.9 yoga studios per 10K people, and 47.7 percent of residents are 20- and 30-somethings. About 34.8 percent of residents have bachelor’s degrees.
Sehome comes in second with a Hipster Score of 84, followed by Happy Valley. In last place is South Bellingham, the least hipster neighborhood in Bellingham.
Here are some quick statistics about FindTheHome's Hipster Score, followed by the heat maps the company created:
• Bellingham has a Hipster Score of 76.
• Whatcom County has a Hipster Score of 56.
• Washington has a Hipster Score of 50.
• The United States has a Hipster Score of 43.
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