These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Alaska


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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 Alaska.

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 Last Frontier 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 Alaska, 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 of the 10 best cities for hippies in Alaska:

  1. Homer (Photos)
  2. Palmer (Photos)
  3. Wasilla (Photos)
  4. Kodiak (Photos)
  5. Kenai (Photos)
  6. Fairbanks (Photos)
  7. Bethel (Photos)
  8. Ketchikan (Photos)
  9. Juneau (Photos)
  10. Sitka (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked, young flower child.

And if you already knew these places were hippie heavens, check out the best places to live in Alaska or the safest places to live in Alaska.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Alaska?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Alaska, 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 10 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 Alaska.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Homer.

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. Homer

Homer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.76
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.72
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is two hundred and eighteen miles southwest of Anchorage. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 5,003. Long known as The ‘Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.’ Homer is also nicknamed ‘the end of the road,’ and more recently, ‘the cosmic hamlet by the sea.’

2. Palmer

Palmer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.8
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.64
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.64
Palmer is a city in and the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

3. Wasilla

Wasilla, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.36
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.55
Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. The city’s population was 7,831 at the 2010 census. Estimates in 2013 put the population at roughly 8,621. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 396,142 in 2013.

4. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Kodiak (Alutiiq: Sun’aq; Russian: , tr. Kadyak) is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline. The population was 6,130 as of the 2010 census. 2014 estimates put the population at 6,304.

5. Kenai

Kenai, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Kenai (/kina/, KEY-nigh) (Dena’ina: Shk’ituk’t) is a city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 7,100 as of the 2010 census.

6. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Fairbanks /frbæks/ is a home rule city and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.

7. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Bethel (Mamterilleq in Central Alaskan Yup’ik) is a city located near the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, approximately 400 miles (640 km) west of Anchorage, in the Bethel Census Area. Accessible only by air and river, Bethel is the main port on the Kuskokwim River and is an administrative and transportation hub for the 56 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

8. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.49

9. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.0
The City and Borough of Juneau (/duno/ JOO-noh; Tlingit: Dzánti K’ihéeni [tsántì kìhínì]), commonly known as Juneau, is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle, and it is the second largest city in the United States by area. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of what was then the District of Alaska was moved from Sitka as dictated by the U.S. Congress in 1900.[citation needed] The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current municipality, which is larger by area than both Rhode Island and Delaware.

10. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.0
The City and Borough of Sitka (Tlingit: Sheetká), formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule (Russian: – or a, t Novoarkhangelsk), is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 square miles (7,434 square kilometres) and a total area (including water area) of 4,811.4 square miles (12,461 square kilometres); however, it is the smallest of Alaska’s boroughs. Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the ‘city’ of Sitka, is on the west side of Baranof Island.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Alaska

If you’re measuring the locations in Alaska 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 Alaska:

  1. Sitka
  2. Juneau
  3. Ketchikan

For more Alaska reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Alaska

City Rank Population
Homer 1 5,229
Palmer 2 6,250
Wasilla 3 8,406
Kodiak 4 6,280
Kenai 5 7,348
Fairbanks 6 32,100
Bethel 7 6,295
Ketchikan 8 8,173
Juneau 9 32,200
Sitka 10 8,957

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