These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Arizona


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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 Arizona.

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 Grand Canyon State 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 Arizona, 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 Arizona:

  1. South Tucson
  2. Guadalupe (Photos)
  3. Paradise Valley (Photos)
  4. Litchfield Park (Photos)
  5. Cave Creek (Photos)
  6. Tolleson
  7. Page (Photos)
  8. Show Low (Photos)
  9. Sedona (Photos)
  10. Wickenburg (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 Arizona or the safest places to live in Arizona.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Arizona?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Arizona, 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 58 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 Arizona.’ We’re lookin’ at you, South Tucson.

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. South Tucson

South Tucson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.53
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.82
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.99
South Tucson is a city in Pima County, Arizona, United States and an enclave of the much larger city of Tucson. South Tucson is known for being heavily influenced by Hispanic, and especially Mexican, culture; restaurants and shops which sell traditional Mexican foods and other goods can be found throughout the city. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,652.

2. Guadalupe

Guadalupe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.9
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.38
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.04
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.56
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.92

3. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.49
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.81
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.28
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.43
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.34

4. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.37
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.78
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.54
Litchfield Park is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is twenty miles northwest of Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,476.

5. Cave Creek

Cave Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.4
Cave Creek is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is 27 mi (43 km) northeast of Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town was 5,015.

6. Tolleson

Tolleson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.79
Tolleson /tlsn/ is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 6,545.

7. Page

Page, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.41
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.41
Page is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 7,247.

8. Show Low

Show Low, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.28

9. Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.69
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.99
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.69
Sedona /sdon/ is a city that straddles the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,031.

10. Wickenburg

Wickenburg, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Wickenburg is a town primarily located in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with a portion in neighboring Yavapai County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 6,363.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Arizona

If you’re measuring the locations in Arizona 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 Arizona:

  1. Cottonwood
  2. Yuma
  3. Avondale

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Arizona

City Rank Population
South Tucson 1 5,675
Guadalupe 2 5,892
Paradise Valley 3 13,243
Litchfield Park 4 5,122
Cave Creek 5 5,014
Tolleson 6 6,707
Page 7 7,374
Show Low 8 10,754
Sedona 9 10,092
Wickenburg 10 6,629
Bisbee 11 5,475
Holbrook 12 5,003
El Mirage 13 32,600
Flagstaff 14 67,419
Cottonwood 15 11,358
Prescott 16 40,130
Nogales 17 20,699
Sahuarita 18 26,441
Queen Creek 19 28,529
Payson 20 15,234
Tempe 21 166,975
Kingman 22 28,381
Fountain Hills 23 23,051
Camp Verde 24 10,965
Snowflake 25 5,595
Apache Junction 26 36,965
Globe 27 7,463
Oro Valley 28 41,493
Safford 29 9,574
Sierra Vista 30 45,365
Goodyear 31 70,148
Chandler 32 245,231
Prescott Valley 33 39,575
Winslow 34 9,570
Casa Grande 35 50,316
Coolidge 36 12,058
Gilbert 37 223,131
Glendale 38 231,978
Chino Valley 39 10,879
Scottsdale 40 223,519
Mesa 41 452,091
Somerton 42 14,679
Douglas 43 17,137
San Luis 44 30,139
Tucson 45 525,031
Phoenix 46 1,490,758
Surprise 47 121,648
Marana 48 37,028
Eloy 49 17,062
Benson 50 5,075
Florence 51 26,513
Maricopa 52 45,388
Peoria 53 160,231
Goodyear 54 70,148
Buckeye 55 54,927
Avondale 56 77,912
Yuma 57 93,078
Cottonwood 58 11,358

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