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Portland has the beer. Seattle has the coffee. Portland has bacon maple bars. Seattle has flying fish. Portland has bridges. Seattle has skyscrapers.

The debate between the two city-siblings can go on for as long as the three-hour trek down I-5 from the Emerald City to the City of Roses. And now, real estate site Estately poses the most important question of all: which city is more hip?

OK, maybe not most important. But being hip means being cool, right? Who doesn’t want to be cool?

Earlier this year, Travel+Leisure named Seattle America’s Best City for Hipsters, but this new research shows that Portland may be pretty hipster itself.

Some comparisons to help make your decision:

  • “The Wave” was invented in Seattle, while the corn dog birthed in Portland
  • Actor Adam West (Batman) was born in Seattle, while Old Spice commercial star Isaiah Mustafa began life in Portland.
  • Seattle has three more Fortune 500 companies than Portland, while Portland has 13 more thrift stores than Seattle.

What about on the tech-side? GeekWire discussed the differences in technology startup scenes between the two cities last year.

Inhabitants love to get fired up about representing their town. Earlier this year, GeekWire teamed up with Killer Infographics to produce this fun graphical comparison of Silicon Valley geeks to Seattle geeks.

So, readers, which city is more hip? Let the debate continue…

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