National Geographic Travel names Baton Rouge one of the best groomed small cities in the U.S.

BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - National Geographic Travel has named Baton Rouge one of the best groomed small cities in the United States.

The magazine recently unveiled its 29 "Cities on the Rise," based on a set of metrics and expert picks from editors. 

National Geographic Travel with the help of Resonance Consultancy developed a Small Cities Index survey that drew from statistics and social media mentions to determine which cities ranked highest in a variety of local categories. 

George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief said, “at Traveler we’re passionate about tales of urban renewal, about communities that have collaborated to improve their main streets, about smart cities that have pursued development policies that produce happiness. In this article, we report on authentic small cities that each embody a surprising superlative. Happy places for locals are also rewarding places for travelers. Our index of small cities on the rise is based on unconventional metrics that we think produce happiness: green spaces, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, Instagrammable moments and puppies!”

Meg Calnan of National Geographic Traveler said that Traveler’s 29 Best Small Cities in the U.S. are categorized by 10 key superlatives that influence both residents and visitors alike.

Here are the 10 categories and related features the index factored in:  

  • Most Hipster Friendly (coffee shops, tattoo parlors, record shops, vintage stores) 
  • Musically Grooviest (music venues, live music, instrument stores) 
  • Most Instagrammed (hashtags) 
  • Most Artsy (art galleries, art supply stores, art schools)  
  • Best Groomed (barber shops, hair salons, hair removal services, cosmetic dentists) 
  • Meatiest (butchers, delis, steakhouses) 
  • Most Dog Friendly (pet sitting, pet stores, pet groomers, dog friendly restaurants) 
  • Sudsiest (breweries) 
  • Most Caffeinated (coffee shops) 
  • Greenest (parks)

The 29 Best Small Cities are:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (Sudsiest) 
  • Anchorage, Alaska (Trending- Most Caffeinated)  
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan (Greenest) 
  • Annapolis, Maryland (Trending- Dog Friendly) 
  • Asheville, North Carolina (Most Artsy, Sudsiest) 
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Best Groomed) 
  • Boulder, Colorado (Hipster Friendly, Musically Grooviest, Most Caffeinated, Sudsiest) 
  • Charleston, South Carolina (Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy) 
  • Columbia, South Carolina (Best Groomed, Meatiest) 
  • Greenville, South Carolina (Meatiest) 
  • Hagerstown, Maryland (Best Groomed) 
  • Healdsburg, California (Trending- Greenest) 
  • Hickory, North Carolina (Hipster Friendly) 
  • Honolulu, Hawaii (Musically Grooviest, Most Instagrammed, Most Artsy) 
  • Kansas City, Missouri (Trending- Most Artsy) 
  • Lakeland, Florida (Most Dog Friendly) 
  • Louisville, Kentucky (Trending- Meatiest) 
  • Madison, Wisconsin (Greenest) 
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (Trending- Hipster Friendly) 
  • Newport, Rhode Island (Trending- Best Groomed) 
  • Olympia, Washington (Most Caffeinated, Greenest)  
  • Omaha, Nebraska (Trending- Musically Grooviest) 
  • Pensacola, Florida (Most Dog Friendly) 
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Trending- Sudsiest) 
  • Portland, Maine (Most Instagrammed) 
  • Rapid City, South Dakota (Trending- Most Instagrammed) 
  • Reno, Nevada (Meatiest, Most Dog Friendly) 
  • Santa Cruz, California (Musically Grooviest) 
  • Spokane, Washington (Hipster Friendly, Most Caffeinated)

If you would like to learn more about each destination, visit

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