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 (Photos)
  2. Guadalupe (Photos)
  3. Paradise Valley (Photos)
  4. Litchfield Park (Photos)
  5. Cave Creek (Photos)
  6. Tolleson (Photos)
  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. Hippie culture not your cup of tea? Check out the most conservative places 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: Flickr

Population: 5,675
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

2. Guadalupe

Guadalupe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,892
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

Population: 13,243
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

Population: 5,122
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

5. Cave Creek

Cave Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,014
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

6. Tolleson

Tolleson, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,707
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

7. Page

Page, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,374
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

8. Show Low

Show Low, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,754
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

Population: 10,092
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

10. Wickenburg

Wickenburg, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,629
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

There You Have It

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
South Tucson 1 5,675 3.0
Guadalupe 2 5,892 3.9
Paradise Valley 3 13,243 2.49
Litchfield Park 4 5,122 1.37
Cave Creek 5 5,014 0.6
Tolleson 6 6,707 0.15
Page 7 7,374 0.14
Show Low 8 10,754 0.09
Sedona 9 10,092 2.28
Wickenburg 10 6,629 0.15
Bisbee 11 5,475 0.18
Holbrook 12 5,003 0.0
El Mirage 13 32,600 0.15
Flagstaff 14 67,419 0.22
Cottonwood 15 11,358 0.35
Prescott 16 40,130 0.3
Nogales 17 20,699 0.05
Sahuarita 18 26,441 0.11
Queen Creek 19 28,529 0.14
Payson 20 15,234 0.07
Tempe 21 166,975 0.11
Kingman 22 28,381 0.04
Fountain Hills 23 23,051 0.13
Camp Verde 24 10,965 0.09
Snowflake 25 5,595 0.0
Apache Junction 26 36,965 0.11
Globe 27 7,463 0.13
Oro Valley 28 41,493 0.1
Safford 29 9,574 0.0
Sierra Vista 30 45,365 0.04
Goodyear 31 70,148 0.09
Chandler 32 245,231 0.07
Prescott Valley 33 39,575 0.13
Winslow 34 9,570 0.0
Casa Grande 35 50,316 0.04
Coolidge 36 12,058 0.0
Gilbert 37 223,131 0.07
Glendale 38 231,978 0.02
Chino Valley 39 10,879 0.09
Scottsdale 40 223,519 0.07
Mesa 41 452,091 0.05
Somerton 42 14,679 0.0
Douglas 43 17,137 0.0
San Luis 44 30,139 0.13
Tucson 45 525,031 0.0
Phoenix 46 1,490,758 0.01
Surprise 47 121,648 0.01
Marana 48 37,028 0.0
Eloy 49 17,062 0.0
Benson 50 5,075 0.0
Florence 51 26,513 0.0
Maricopa 52 45,388 0.0
Peoria 53 160,231 0.0
Goodyear 54 70,148 0.0
Buckeye 55 54,927 0.0
Avondale 56 77,912 0.0
Yuma 57 93,078 0.0
Cottonwood 58 11,358 0.0

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