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 Kansas.

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 Sunflower 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 Kansas, 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 Kansas:

  1. Roeland Park
  2. Mission
  3. Bonner Springs (Photos)
  4. Merriam
  5. Bel Aire
  6. Leawood
  7. Lenexa
  8. Pittsburg (Photos)
  9. Manhattan (Photos)
  10. Hays (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 Kansas or the safest places to live in Kansas.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Kansas?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Kansas, 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 52 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 Kansas.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Roeland Park.

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. Roeland Park



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.85
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.03
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.47
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.97
Roeland Park is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,731.

2. Mission



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.63
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.85
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.85
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.86
Mission is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The population was 9,323 at the 2010 census.

3. Bonner Springs

Bonner Springs, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.08
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Bonner Springs is a city in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties in the State of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,314.

4. Merriam



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.07
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.71
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.8
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.79
Merriam /mrim/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,003. It is bordered by the cities of Overland Park to the east and south, Shawnee to the west, and Kansas City, Kansas to the north (in Wyandotte County); the city of Lenexa is less than a mile to the southwest. Merriam is included in the Shawnee Mission postal designation.

5. Bel Aire



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.72
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.43
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.01
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.01
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Bel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,769.

6. Leawood

Leawood, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.52
Leawood /liwd/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,867.

7. Lenexa

Lenexa, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Lenexa /lnks/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 48,190. It is bordered by the cities of Shawnee to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the west and Olathe to the south.

8. Pittsburg

Pittsburg, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Pittsburg is a city in Crawford County, Kansas, United States, located in Southeast Kansas near the Missouri state border. It is the most populous city in Crawford County and southeastern Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,233.

9. Manhattan

Manhattan, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Manhattan is a city in northeastern Kansas in the United States at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. It is the county seat of Riley County, although it extends into Pottawatomie County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 52,281.

10. Hays

Hays, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Hays is a city in and the county seat of Ellis County, Kansas, United States. The largest city in northwestern Kansas, it is the economic and cultural center of the region. It is also a college town, home to Fort Hays State University. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,510.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Kansas

If you’re measuring the locations in Kansas 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 Kansas:

  1. Liberal
  2. Wellington
  3. Ottawa

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Kansas

City Rank Population
Roeland Park 1 6,799
Mission 2 9,451
Bonner Springs 3 7,420
Merriam 4 11,191
Bel Aire 5 6,923
Leawood 6 32,842
Lenexa 7 49,573
Pittsburg 8 20,336
Manhattan 9 55,112
Hays 10 20,886
Lawrence 11 90,194
Shawnee 12 63,597
Topeka 13 127,660
Leavenworth 14 35,738
Andover 15 12,113
Emporia 16 24,787
Mcpherson 17 13,205
Lansing 18 11,535
Pratt 19 6,889
Haysville 20 11,235
Olathe 21 129,913
Overland Park 22 178,945
Coffeyville 23 10,034
Hutchinson 24 41,946
Eudora 25 6,152
Derby 26 23,419
Salina 27 47,894
Paola 28 5,589
Newton 29 19,144
Gardner 30 20,128
Great Bend 31 15,942
Abilene 32 6,729
Parsons 33 10,307
El Dorado 34 12,931
Wichita 35 385,518
Ulysses 36 6,010
Valley Center 37 6,449
Spring Hill 38 5,618
Colby 39 5,411
Independence 40 9,282
Atchison 41 10,920
Mulvane 42 6,000
Concordia 43 5,327
Chanute 44 9,194
Iola 45 5,650
De Soto 46 5,888
Fort Scott 47 7,957
Augusta 48 9,239
Winfield 49 12,324
Ottawa 50 12,548
Wellington 51 8,028
Liberal 52 20,846

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