These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In California


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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 California.

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 Golden 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 California, 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 California:

  1. Piedmont (Photos)
  2. Emeryville (Photos)
  3. Atherton (Photos)
  4. Corte Madera (Photos)
  5. Albany (Photos)
  6. Sausalito (Photos)
  7. Fairfax (Photos)
  8. Larkspur (Photos)
  9. Capitola (Photos)
  10. Rolling Hills Estates (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 California.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in California?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in California, 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 414 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 California.” We’re lookin’ at you, Piedmont.

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. Piedmont

Piedmont, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,957
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.48
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.37
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.64
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 4.11
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.48

2. Emeryville

Emeryville, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,497
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.72
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.29
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.52
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.33
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.38

3. Atherton

Atherton, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,034
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.98
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.27
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.28
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.56
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.41

4. Corte Madera

Corte Madera, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,478
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.06
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.27
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.74
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.58
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.48

5. Albany

Albany, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,020
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.79
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.47
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.84

6. Sausalito

Sausalito, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,043
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.55
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.56
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.57
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.7
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.7

7. Fairfax

Fairfax, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,546
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.05
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.53
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.46
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.05

8. Larkspur

Larkspur, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,131
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.56
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.74
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.24
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.64

9. Capitola

Capitola, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,043
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.69
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.29
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.19
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.09

10. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,184
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.03
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.34
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.71
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.89

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in California 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 California:

  1. Corcoran
  2. Paradise
  3. Woodlake

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In California

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Piedmont 1 10,957 5.48
Emeryville 2 10,497 5.72
Atherton 3 7,034 3.98
Corte Madera 4 9,478 3.06
Albany 5 19,020 2.05
Sausalito 6 7,043 3.55
Fairfax 7 7,546 3.05
Larkspur 8 12,131 2.56
Capitola 9 10,043 2.69
Rolling Hills Estates 10 8,184 4.03
Los Altos Hills 11 8,244 2.3
La Habra Heights 12 5,398 1.67
San Anselmo 13 12,527 2.24
Signal Hill 14 11,245 3.02
Sebastopol 15 7,535 2.52
San Marino 16 13,294 1.81
Hillsborough 17 11,148 1.26
Woodside 18 5,427 1.29
Tiburon 19 9,100 1.21
Mill Valley 20 14,178 1.34
Beverly Hills 21 34,536 1.74
Cotati 22 7,347 0.82
Hermosa Beach 23 19,725 2.23
El Segundo 24 16,839 1.96
Sierra Madre 25 11,060 1.63
Lomita 26 20,539 1.7
Palos Verdes Estates 27 13,568 2.06
West Hollywood 28 35,053 1.54
Hawaiian Gardens 29 14,432 0.9
Lawndale 30 33,155 1.21
Indian Wells 31 5,089 1.97
Belmont 32 26,503 0.6
Artesia 33 16,698 0.3
Moraga 34 16,549 0.85
Villa Park 35 5,911 2.37
Solvang 36 5,345 0.56
Los Altos 37 29,762 0.77
Solana Beach 38 13,146 1.83
Campbell 39 40,327 0.5
San Gabriel 40 40,173 0.65
Maywood 41 27,703 0.47
South Pasadena 42 25,914 1.04
Santa Fe Springs 43 16,859 0.3
Manhattan Beach 44 35,534 1.15
Sonoma 45 10,818 0.92
San Carlos 46 29,166 0.34
Commerce 47 12,975 0.23
Lafayette 48 24,685 0.65
Millbrae 49 22,177 0.59
El Cerrito 50 24,136 1.12
Pleasant Hill 51 33,842 0.53
Saratoga 52 30,627 0.42
Los Alamitos 53 11,598 2.07
East Palo Alto 54 28,920 0.83
Pismo Beach 55 7,789 0.64
Menlo Park 56 32,792 0.64
Loomis 57 6,589 1.52
Fort Bragg 58 7,274 0.27
Grass Valley 59 12,861 0.93
Los Gatos 60 30,163 0.33
South El Monte 61 20,375 0.25
Santa Monica 62 91,619 0.65
Healdsburg 63 11,466 0.35
Big Bear Lake 64 5,104 0.59
Burlingame 65 29,618 0.54
Claremont 66 35,569 0.48
Ojai 67 7,558 1.32
Laguna Woods 68 16,302 0.98
Duarte 69 21,676 0.32
Calabasas 70 23,956 0.83
Pacific Grove 71 15,365 0.91
Agoura Hills 72 20,630 0.82
Lemon Grove 73 25,963 0.69
Pinole 74 18,754 0.32
La Verne 75 31,592 0.44
Bell 76 35,896 0.22
Grover Beach 77 13,337 0.45
Redondo Beach 78 67,511 0.71
Berkeley 79 115,688 0.49
Marysville 80 12,144 0.49
Grand Terrace 81 12,252 0.73
Montclair 82 37,685 0.48
Monterey 83 28,053 0.68
Cupertino 84 59,787 0.35
Scotts Valley 85 11,711 0.68
San Pablo 86 29,516 0.2
Seal Beach 87 24,477 1.18
Orinda 88 18,390 0.38
St. Helena 89 5,895 1.02
Coronado 90 24,333 0.62
Calimesa 91 8,143 0.49
Auburn 92 13,690 0.66
Rancho Palos Verdes 93 42,282 0.47
Palo Alto 94 65,998 0.53
Laguna Beach 95 23,114 0.65
Loma Linda 96 23,648 0.51
Riverbank 97 23,310 0.3
Half Moon Bay 98 11,803 0.42
Arroyo Grande 99 17,536 0.23
Cerritos 100 49,599 0.12

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