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Cost of moving: Hipsters in paradise

San Francisco is one of the places hipsters can be found, but the cost of living there might be too high for some.

San Francisco is one of the places hipsters can be found, but the cost of living there might be too high for some.

Hipsters are notorious known for their ironic t-shirts, over-the-top facial hair and insatiable thirst for Pabst Blue Ribbon. But beyond these stereotypes, hipsters also typically value independent thinking, progressive politics and the arts. While Portland, Oregon, may be the unofficial home base for hipsters, more U.S. cities are offering this particular subculture a reason for packing up and trying out a new location.

San Francisco has long been associated with the counter-culture movement, whether as the location of 1967's Summer of Love, or in its role as a world leader in on progressive issues. This diverse city also features a number of fine dining options, according to Time Magazine's list of the top 10 best cities for hipsters. But the group might find the Bay Area a bit on the pricey side. Average rent in San Francisco is expected to climb to $1,947 per month during 2012, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

It's not just a voodoo charm that draws hipsters to New Orleans. the city is renowned for its music scene - particularly jazz and blues - and the daytime cafe culture rivals that of most major cities' nighttime offerings, according to Time. Hurricanes and oil spills aside, the city is a wonderland of culture, something everyone can appreciate. According to real estate guru Bert Sperling, the city is also fairly affordable, with a cost of living index lower than the rest of the country. Utilities are especially cheap, giving hipsters a bit more money to spend on indie music concerts.

For ultra-unique hipsters who think the continental United States are "so played out," San Juan, Puerto Rico, might offer a cool alternative, suggests Time. If there's one thing hipsters like, it's good food. If there are two things hipsters like, the other is a thrift store. As home to a bounty of outdoor food stalls and open-air flea markets, hipsters will be in paradise. Earthcosts.com estimates monthly rent in San Juan at roughly $600 per month for a three-bedroom apartment.

Wherever hipsters decide to move, they're probably not going to do it in the traditional manner. One unique alternative they might try is to hire a moving company to deliver a portable storage container to their current residence. That way, they can carefully pack their record collections, t-shirts and Converse All-Star shoes at their own pace. Then they can ship it off to their new home, wherever it may be.