DC named the nation's second coolest city

During a summer filled with hordes of hot spells and heat-induced thunderstorms, it might be hard to believe that the District is one of America's coolest cities. That, however, is exactly what it is. According to Forbes, the nation's capital is second on the list of the country's hippest metros, behind only Houston. People looking for a fashionable, trendy, excitement-packed place to live might want to consider checking out some of the houses for sale in Washington, DC.

Of course, identifying the country's coolest cities is a subjective quest, and Forbes recognizes this. To start, the magazine examined America's 65 largest metropolitan statistical areas and metropolitan divisions and ranked them in seven evenly weighted categories. The number of entertainment options per capita, amount of green space, availability of outdoor activities and prevalence of sports teams were some of the factors contributing to this decision.

It was DC's culture that shone most brightly - the nation's capital received a score of 99 out of 100 in this area, The Washington Post reports. Although the official ranking is new, the belief that the District is a hotbed of entertainment and high arts is nothing new. According to Destination DC, the metro is home to more festivals and events than any other city in the country.

Another cause for the high ranking, Forbes reports, is the District's diverse and polyglot population. The plethora of multinational restaurants and worldly entertainment options made this city stick out. This global atmosphere led to a diversity score of 70.9, placing the metro alongside some of the nation's other famous melting pots.

It isn't just art and leisure that elevate DC above the competition. At a time when many American cities are still reeling from the recession, the District's economy makes it an attractive place to live for many, especially members of Generation Y. The sizeable pool of jobs - created by increased federal spending - has attracted young workers. About one-third of the city's population is in their 20s and early 30s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Between the strong local economy, the globe-spanning residents and the famous cultural institutions - such as the Smithsonian and National Mall - it is easy to see why this metro is considered such a cool place to live. This hipness is likely to continue attracting residents, so if you have harbored dreams of buying real estate in Washington, DC, now might be the right time.