The brains at Business Insider got together to try to predict who they thought would be the “it” cities of the future. Based on stats like job growth, population growth and demographics, affordability, livability, and the health and well being of the residents as well as instincts on categories like how “cool” a city is. Also considered were how innovating the city is in terms of technology, sustainability, and culture.
Drum roll, please…
Philadelphia obviously made the list. Here’s why.
The low housing prices, affordable lifestyle, and cool arts scene are attracting young people to Philadelphia.
These people are getting involved in the city through organizations like Young Involved Philadelphia and bringing a new sense of dynamism to the city, with new restaurants, shops, galleries, and a cool music and arts scene.
The City of Brotherly Love has some of the best public art in the country. It’s famous for its murals, which adorn buildings all around the city. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program coordinates these murals, connecting artists to the community.
Although we’d argue we are hot right now for those exact reasons and will only improve in terms of hotness in the future.
In an interesting turn of events, Pittsburgh also made the list.