These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Arkansas


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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 Arkansas.

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 Natural 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 Arkansas, 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 Arkansas:

  1. Lowell (Photos)
  2. Sherwood (Photos)
  3. Mountain Home (Photos)
  4. Hot Springs (Photos)
  5. Maumelle (Photos)
  6. North Little Rock (Photos)
  7. Fayetteville (Photos)
  8. Harrison (Photos)
  9. Van Buren (Photos)
  10. Farmington (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 Arkansas.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Arkansas?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Arkansas, 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 60 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 Arkansas.” We’re lookin’ at you, Lowell.

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. Lowell

Lowell, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,756
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.64

2. Sherwood

Sherwood, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,061
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.3

3. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,338
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.97

4. Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,486
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.59

5. Maumelle

Maumelle, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,565
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.23
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.17

6. North Little Rock

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,731
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.28

7. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,264
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.26

8. Harrison

Harrison, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,103
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.07

9. Van Buren

Van Buren, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,955
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.61

10. Farmington

Farmington, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,208
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.48

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Arkansas 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 Arkansas:

  1. De Queen
  2. Greenwood
  3. Hot Springs

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Arkansas

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Lowell 1 7,756 0.13
Sherwood 2 30,061 0.1
Mountain Home 3 12,338 0.08
Hot Springs 4 35,486 0.11
Maumelle 5 17,565 0.06
North Little Rock 6 64,731 0.12
Fayetteville 7 77,264 0.25
Harrison 8 13,103 0.08
Van Buren 9 22,955 0.13
Farmington 10 6,208 0.48
Mena 11 5,701 0.18
Bentonville 12 38,572 0.18
Clarksville 13 9,286 0.11
Heber Springs 14 7,177 0.14
Hope 15 10,033 0.0
Marion 16 12,354 0.0
Rogers 17 58,944 0.14
Centerton 18 10,278 0.1
Newport 19 7,817 0.13
Fort Smith 20 87,193 0.06
Berryville 21 5,329 0.0
Bryant 22 18,497 0.11
Russellville 23 28,581 0.03
Texarkana 24 30,015 0.07
Arkadelphia 25 10,703 0.0
Osceola 26 7,535 0.0
Conway 27 62,455 0.06
West Memphis 28 25,767 0.0
Benton 29 32,208 0.03
Trumann 30 7,222 0.0
Wynne 31 8,296 0.0
Jonesboro 32 70,217 0.04
Little Rock 33 196,188 0.06
Springdale 34 73,789 0.07
Jacksonville 35 28,728 0.03
Searcy 36 23,524 0.04
Batesville 37 10,386 0.0
Magnolia 38 11,681 0.0
El Dorado 39 18,590 0.05
White Hall 40 5,392 0.0
Blytheville 41 15,251 0.0
Paragould 42 26,859 0.0
Beebe 43 7,688 0.0
Warren 44 5,918 0.0
Morrilton 45 6,764 0.0
Siloam Springs 46 15,614 0.0
Pine Bluff 47 47,058 0.0
Cabot 48 24,768 0.08
Pocahontas 49 6,543 0.0
Camden 50 11,861 0.0
Stuttgart 51 9,269 0.0
Malvern 52 10,695 0.0
Alma 53 5,514 0.0
Helena-West Helena 54 11,795 0.0
Monticello 55 9,718 0.0
Crossett 56 5,389 0.0
Bella Vista 57 27,273 0.0
Hot Springs 58 35,486 0.0
Greenwood 59 9,222 0.0
De Queen 60 6,671 0.0

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