These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Alabama


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You might think that the whole hippie movement has faded away, but the truth is, there are plenty of hippies out there in Alabama.

While they aren’t necessarily in your face all the time with war protests and the next Woodstock isn’t being planned any time soon, we thought it would be fun to look at which cities in the Heart of Dixie where the most hippies would live.

And, after crunching the data, you know what? It was pretty spot on, we have to say.

How do you decide where the most hippies live? By the number of yoga studios, organic markets, and most importantly, where the liberals live in droves.

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where hippies might live in Alabama, and then put out a list.

So, put on your tie dye shirt and your sandals as you go through this list with us. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Alabama:

  1. Mountain Brook (Photos)
  2. Tarrant (Photos)
  3. Sheffield (Photos)
  4. Muscle Shoals (Photos)
  5. Vestavia Hills (Photos)
  6. Homewood (Photos)
  7. Anniston (Photos)
  8. Tuscumbia (Photos)
  9. Midfield (Photos)
  10. Daphne (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked, young flower child. Hippie culture not your cup of tea? Check out the most conservative places in Alabama.

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How do you determine the most beatnik cityin Alabama?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Alabama, we had to determine what criteria defines a hippie.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Google Places API, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and Voter Registration data, this is the criteria we used:

  • Number of yoga studios per capita
  • Number of organic markets per capita
  • Number of pet adoption centers per capita
  • Number of vegan restaurants per capita
  • Number of thrift stores per capita
  • Each city’s liberal voting population

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a ~4.5 mile radius of a city’s center. The average city in America is about 18 square miles.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 101 in each category, where 1 was the most hippie.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a hippie index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest hippie index the “Best City for Hippies In Alabama.” We’re lookin’ at you, Mountain Brook.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in hippie central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from hippiest to most square.

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1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,484
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.73
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.63

2. Tarrant

Tarrant, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,331
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.63
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.95
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.9

3. Sheffield

Sheffield, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,067
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.87

4. Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,380
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.12

5. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,061
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.32

6. Homewood

Homewood, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,420
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.31

7. Anniston

Anniston, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,749
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.75

8. Tuscumbia

Tuscumbia, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,565
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.23
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.63

9. Midfield

Midfield, Alabama

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,319
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.88

10. Daphne

Daphne, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,983
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.48

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Alabama where there are lots of liberals, and there are many options for vegan food, yoga and thrift stores, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the most square places in Alabama:

  1. Chelsea
  2. Southside
  3. Jacksonville

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Alabama

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Mountain Brook 1 20,484 0.73
Tarrant 2 6,331 0.0
Sheffield 3 9,067 0.11
Muscle Shoals 4 13,380 0.07
Vestavia Hills 5 34,061 0.59
Homewood 6 25,420 0.67
Anniston 7 22,749 0.13
Tuscumbia 8 8,565 0.12
Midfield 9 5,319 0.19
Daphne 10 22,983 0.09
Fairhope 11 16,661 0.72
Irondale 12 12,399 0.0
Opelika 13 27,956 0.11
Millbrook 14 14,858 0.07
Fultondale 15 8,593 0.0
Gulf Shores 16 10,523 0.29
Fairfield 17 11,039 0.09
Spanish Fort 18 7,357 0.0
Northport 19 24,092 0.04
Florence 20 39,738 0.05
Pleasant Grove 21 10,230 0.1
Pelham 22 22,106 0.05
Clay 23 9,699 0.0
Oxford 24 21,250 0.14
Gadsden 25 36,621 0.05
Foley 26 15,428 0.13
Jasper 27 14,247 0.07
Wetumpka 28 7,136 0.14
Center Point 29 16,876 0.0
Madison 30 44,866 0.11
Chickasaw 31 6,026 0.0
Hartselle 32 14,393 0.07
Helena 33 16,752 0.06
Tuscaloosa 34 93,325 0.03
Hoover 35 82,849 0.05
Scottsboro 36 14,779 0.07
Athens 37 23,335 0.09
Pinson 38 7,141 0.0
Auburn 39 56,986 0.05
Gardendale 40 13,809 0.0
Prattville 41 34,349 0.06
Enterprise 42 27,375 0.04
Smiths Station 43 5,095 0.0
Lanett 44 6,455 0.0
Demopolis 45 7,323 0.14
Andalusia 46 9,048 0.11
Attalla 47 5,995 0.0
Leeds 48 12,063 0.0
Dothan 49 67,574 0.04
Birmingham 50 211,705 0.07
Cullman 51 14,933 0.07
Satsuma 52 6,145 0.0
Montgomery 53 204,095 0.03
Hueytown 54 15,956 0.06
Greenville 55 7,974 0.0
Valley 56 9,456 0.0
Huntsville 57 184,132 0.03
Mobile 58 194,942 0.06
Montevallo 59 6,470 0.0
Glencoe 60 5,137 0.0
Monroeville 61 6,343 0.0
Orange Beach 62 5,629 0.0
Robertsdale 63 5,556 0.0
Moody 64 12,124 0.0
Pike Road 65 6,605 0.0
Oneonta 66 6,623 0.0
Prichard 67 22,475 0.0
Trussville 68 20,229 0.0
Bessemer 69 27,202 0.0
Opp 70 6,675 0.0
Tallassee 71 5,011 0.0
Roanoke 72 6,013 0.0
Guntersville 73 8,316 0.0
Brewton 74 5,426 0.0
Arab 75 8,241 0.12
Sylacauga 76 12,786 0.0
Selma 77 20,276 0.0
Alabaster 78 30,978 0.03
Daleville 79 5,233 0.0
Saraland 80 13,657 0.0
Eufaula 81 12,897 0.0
Jackson 82 5,116 0.0
Talladega 83 16,034 0.0
Ozark 84 14,835 0.0
Childersburg 85 5,117 0.0
Decatur 86 55,641 0.02
Fort Payne 87 14,115 0.0
Bay Minette 88 8,682 0.0
Troy 89 18,636 0.0
Boaz 90 9,781 0.0
Tuskegee 91 9,435 0.0
Hamilton 92 6,842 0.0
Albertville 93 21,363 0.0
Atmore 94 10,096 0.0
Calera 95 12,376 0.0
Russellville 96 9,836 0.0
Lincoln 97 6,321 0.0
Clanton 98 8,672 0.0
Jacksonville 99 12,416 0.0
Southside 100 8,432 0.0

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