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.

And if you already knew these places were hippie heavens, check out the best places to live in California or the safest places to live 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

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
Piedmont is a small, mostly-residential, semi-suburban city located in Alameda County, California, United States. Piedmont is completely surrounded by the city of Oakland. Its residential population was 10,667 at the 2010 census. The name comes after the region of Piedmont in Italy, and literally means foothill. Piedmont was incorporated in 1907, and was developed significantly in the 1920s and 1930s. The Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) includes three elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools.

2. Emeryville

Emeryville, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Emeryville is a small city located in northwest Alameda County, California, in the United States. It is located in a corridor between the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, extending to the shore of San Francisco Bay. Its proximity to San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, the University of California, Berkeley, and Silicon Valley has been a catalyst for recent economic growth.

3. Atherton

Atherton, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Atherton is an incorporated town in San Mateo County, California, United States. Its population was 7,159 as of 2013. Atherton is ranked to be the wealthiest city in the United States, and is regularly ranked among the most expensive zip codes in the country.

4. Corte Madera

Corte Madera, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Corte Madera (/krt mdr/; formerly Adams) is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Corte Madera is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) south of San Rafael, at an elevation of 39 feet (12 m). The population was 9,253 at the 2010 census.

5. Albany

Albany, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Albany is a city in Alameda County, California. The population was 18,539 at the 2010 census.

6. Sausalito

Sausalito, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. Located 8 miles (13 km) south-southeast of San Rafael, at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m), and is located 7 km north of San Francisco.

7. Fairfax

Fairfax, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Fairfax is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Fairfax is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) west-northwest of San Rafael, at an elevation of 115 feet (35 m). The population is 7,441 at the 2010 census. Fairfax is the only town in America that holds a Green Party majority in the town council.

8. Larkspur

Larkspur, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. Larkspur is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of San Rafael, at an elevation of 43 feet (13 m). As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 11,926. Larkspur is located north of San Francisco near Mount Tamalpais. Larkspur’s Police Department is shared with that of the neighboring Corte Madera and town of San Anselmo as the Central Marin Police Authority. Intersecting Larkspur’s downtown is Madrone Canyon, a residential area amidst a redwood grove.

9. Capitola

Capitola, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Capitola is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, on the coast of Monterey Bay. The population was 9,918 at the 2010 census.

10. Rolling Hills Estates

Rolling Hills Estates, California

Source: Wikipedia

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
Rolling Hills Estates is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 8,067 at the 2010 census, up from 7,676 at the 2000 census.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of California

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
Piedmont 1 10,957
Emeryville 2 10,497
Atherton 3 7,034
Corte Madera 4 9,478
Albany 5 19,020
Sausalito 6 7,043
Fairfax 7 7,546
Larkspur 8 12,131
Capitola 9 10,043
Rolling Hills Estates 10 8,184
Los Altos Hills 11 8,244
La Habra Heights 12 5,398
San Anselmo 13 12,527
Signal Hill 14 11,245
Sebastopol 15 7,535
San Marino 16 13,294
Hillsborough 17 11,148
Woodside 18 5,427
Tiburon 19 9,100
Mill Valley 20 14,178
Beverly Hills 21 34,536
Cotati 22 7,347
Hermosa Beach 23 19,725
El Segundo 24 16,839
Sierra Madre 25 11,060
Lomita 26 20,539
Palos Verdes Estates 27 13,568
West Hollywood 28 35,053
Hawaiian Gardens 29 14,432
Lawndale 30 33,155
Indian Wells 31 5,089
Belmont 32 26,503
Artesia 33 16,698
Moraga 34 16,549
Villa Park 35 5,911
Solvang 36 5,345
Los Altos 37 29,762
Solana Beach 38 13,146
Campbell 39 40,327
San Gabriel 40 40,173
Maywood 41 27,703
South Pasadena 42 25,914
Santa Fe Springs 43 16,859
Manhattan Beach 44 35,534
Sonoma 45 10,818
San Carlos 46 29,166
Commerce 47 12,975
Lafayette 48 24,685
Millbrae 49 22,177
El Cerrito 50 24,136
Pleasant Hill 51 33,842
Saratoga 52 30,627
Los Alamitos 53 11,598
East Palo Alto 54 28,920
Pismo Beach 55 7,789
Menlo Park 56 32,792
Loomis 57 6,589
Fort Bragg 58 7,274
Grass Valley 59 12,861
Los Gatos 60 30,163
South El Monte 61 20,375
Santa Monica 62 91,619
Healdsburg 63 11,466
Big Bear Lake 64 5,104
Burlingame 65 29,618
Claremont 66 35,569
Ojai 67 7,558
Laguna Woods 68 16,302
Duarte 69 21,676
Calabasas 70 23,956
Pacific Grove 71 15,365
Agoura Hills 72 20,630
Lemon Grove 73 25,963
Pinole 74 18,754
La Verne 75 31,592
Bell 76 35,896
Grover Beach 77 13,337
Redondo Beach 78 67,511
Berkeley 79 115,688
Marysville 80 12,144
Grand Terrace 81 12,252
Montclair 82 37,685
Monterey 83 28,053
Cupertino 84 59,787
Scotts Valley 85 11,711
San Pablo 86 29,516
Seal Beach 87 24,477
Orinda 88 18,390
St. Helena 89 5,895
Coronado 90 24,333
Calimesa 91 8,143
Auburn 92 13,690
Rancho Palos Verdes 93 42,282
Palo Alto 94 65,998
Laguna Beach 95 23,114
Loma Linda 96 23,648
Riverbank 97 23,310
Half Moon Bay 98 11,803
Arroyo Grande 99 17,536
Cerritos 100 49,599
La Palma 101 15,791
Laguna Hills 102 30,768
Arcadia 103 57,251
Rancho Mirage 104 17,634
Mountain View 105 76,741
Placerville 106 10,415
Santa Cruz 107 62,045
Martinez 108 36,876
Fowler 109 5,908
Fountain Valley 110 56,440
Cudahy 111 24,073
Arcata 112 17,679
San Bruno 113 42,090
La Mirada 114 49,038
Pacifica 115 38,283
Walnut Creek 116 65,923
Hercules 117 24,596
Hawthorne 118 85,889
San Rafael 119 58,588
Monrovia 120 37,035
Dublin 121 49,694
Ukiah 122 15,956
San Juan Capistrano 123 35,562
Huntington Park 124 58,787
Kingsburg 125 11,582
Walnut 126 29,822
Rosemead 127 54,457
Newark 128 43,635
West Sacramento 129 49,946
Placentia 130 51,860
Yreka 131 7,675
Alameda 132 75,763
La Mesa 133 58,239
Petaluma 134 58,912
Seaside 135 33,729
Bellflower 136 77,521
Stanton 137 38,455
Aliso Viejo 138 49,437
Hughson 139 6,895
Santa Clara 140 119,525
Alhambra 141 84,400
Tustin 142 77,765
Gardena 143 59,682
Malibu 144 12,830
Truckee 145 16,191
Ripon 146 14,645
Lakewood 147 80,926
Benicia 148 27,450
El Paso De Robles (Paso Robles) 149 30,522
Morro Bay 150 10,383
Monterey Park 151 60,966
Bell Gardens 152 42,712
Goleta 153 30,333
La Puente 154 40,342
Danville 155 42,891
Eureka 156 27,039
San Dimas 157 33,896
Imperial 158 15,782
Torrance 159 147,181
Encinitas 160 61,008
Escalon 161 7,252
Mammoth Lakes 162 8,154
Brea 163 40,443
South Lake Tahoe 164 21,394
Pleasanton 165 73,164
Mountain View 166 76,741
Wildomar 167 33,601
Costa Mesa 168 111,635
Carpinteria 169 13,323
Clayton 170 11,328
Upland 171 75,089
Palm Desert 172 49,953
Windsor 173 27,113
Anderson 174 10,066
Dana Point 175 33,861
Rohnert Park 176 41,352
Poway 177 49,040
Imperial Beach 178 26,857
Inglewood 179 111,133
Laguna Niguel 180 64,299
San Luis Obispo 181 45,911
Citrus Heights 182 84,678
Cypress 183 48,748
Pico Rivera 184 63,698
Norco 185 27,143
Calistoga 186 5,244
San Ramon 187 73,826
Novato 188 53,451
La Habra 189 61,341
Oakley 190 37,391
Newport Beach 191 86,594
El Cerrito 192 24,136
San Mateo 193 100,114
Red Bluff 194 14,069
Montebello 195 63,353
Brentwood 196 54,062
Pasadena 197 139,065
Fortuna 198 11,863
Santa Barbara 199 89,669
Willows 200 6,118
Westminster 201 91,255
San Fernando 202 24,050
Rocklin 203 59,002
Marina 204 20,198
Carson 205 92,475
San Leandro 206 87,159
Atascadero 207 28,792
Napa 208 78,511
Covina 209 48,429
Santee 210 55,435
Milpitas 211 69,346
Paramount 212 54,813
Azusa 213 47,420
Glendora 214 50,855
Folsom 215 73,334
Richmond 216 106,469
Watsonville 217 52,085
Lincoln 218 44,397
Baldwin Park 219 76,411
Pomona 220 151,142
Yucca Valley 221 21,083
Corning 222 7,617
Palm Springs 223 45,827
Selma 224 23,808
Port Hueneme 225 21,949
Oroville 226 16,015
Norwalk 227 106,455
El Cajon 228 101,582
American Canyon 229 20,089
Canyon Lake 230 10,810
Gridley 231 6,566
South San Francisco 232 65,537
Barstow 233 23,110
Sunnyvale 234 145,921
Lathrop 235 19,163
Highland 236 54,032
Chico 237 87,517
Tehachapi 238 13,818
South Gate 239 95,515
Buena Park 240 82,191
Lynwood 241 70,789
Davis 242 66,093
Mission Viejo 243 95,246
Cloverdale 244 8,692
Farmersville 245 10,675
Lake Forest 246 78,940
Whittier 247 86,400
Concord 248 125,017
Paradise 249 26,246
San Jacinto 250 45,497
Carlsbad 251 109,296
Lompoc 252 43,045
Diamond Bar 253 56,259
El Centro 254 43,268
Reedley 255 24,858
Orange 256 138,980
Lodi 257 63,158
Rio Vista 258 7,646
Fullerton 259 137,945
San Clemente 260 64,673
Turlock 261 69,875
Santa Rosa 262 170,782
Hollister 263 36,067
Oakdale 264 21,260
Vista 265 96,181
Morgan Hill 266 39,875
Gilroy 267 50,776
Ceres 268 46,570
Atwater 269 28,686
El Monte 270 115,243
Yucaipa 271 52,406
Woodland 272 56,390
Compton 273 97,663
Rancho Cordova 274 67,167
Colton 275 53,129
Redlands 276 69,787
Shasta Lake 277 10,143
West Covina 278 107,441
Livermore 279 83,901
Glendale 280 195,380
Gustine 281 5,610
Oakland 282 402,339
Rancho Santa Margarita 283 48,758
Manteca 284 70,693
Santa Paula 285 29,990
Ridgecrest 286 28,282
San Buenaventura (Ventura) 287 108,449
Temecula 288 104,955
Fremont 289 221,654
Redding 290 90,725
Yorba Linda 291 66,335
Downey 292 113,082
Clearlake 293 15,121
Dinuba 294 22,828
Patterson 295 20,736
Camarillo 296 65,985
Santa Clarita 297 179,030
Thousand Oaks 298 128,126
Hanford 299 54,523
San Marcos 300 87,808
Vacaville 301 93,994
Oceanside 302 171,400
Apple Valley 303 70,561
Banning 304 30,281
Dixon 305 18,718
Tracy 306 84,573
Lake Elsinore 307 56,243
Orland 308 7,451
Hayward 309 149,596
Salinas 310 154,077
Roseville 311 124,250
Parlier 312 14,750
Murrieta 313 106,326
Garden Grove 314 173,853
Jurupa Valley 315 97,247
Clovis 316 98,815
Indio 317 82,539
Chino 318 80,810
Colusa 319 5,962
Brawley 320 25,478
Lancaster 321 159,092
Long Beach 322 468,594
Beaumont 323 39,620
Antioch 324 105,630
Hemet 325 81,203
Merced 326 80,490
Lincoln 327 44,397
Dos Palos 328 5,023
Los Banos 329 36,626
Pittsburg 330 65,761
Taft 331 9,063
Exeter 332 10,468
Shafter 333 17,261
Fairfield 334 107,983
Modesto 335 205,984
Galt 336 24,280
Twentynine Palms 337 25,601
Huntington Beach 338 195,686
Newman 339 10,553
Lemoore 340 24,788
Calexico 341 39,281
Sacramento 342 476,075
Santa Maria 343 101,468
Victorville 344 119,603
Chino Hills 345 76,187
Vallejo 346 118,078
Ontario 347 166,892
Desert Hot Springs 348 27,678
Mcfarland 349 12,784
Palmdale 350 155,810
Eastvale 351 55,298
Elk Grove 352 158,455
Moorpark 353 35,033
Santa Ana 354 331,266
Simi Valley 355 125,699
Irvine 356 229,850
Winters 357 6,843
Fillmore 358 15,203
San Jose 359 986,320
Blythe 360 20,101
Escondido 361 147,603
Oxnard 362 201,744
Porterville 363 54,949
Sanger 364 24,587
Soledad 365 26,008
Rialto 366 101,367
Susanville 367 16,537
Chula Vista 368 253,031
Riverside 369 313,041
Los Angeles 370 3,862,210
Stockton 371 297,223
Fontana 372 201,355
Corona 373 157,395
San Francisco 374 829,072
Lindsay 375 12,688
Coachella 376 42,576
Ione 377 7,318
Santa Cruz 378 62,045
Rancho Cucamonga 379 170,170
Moreno Valley 380 198,872
Visalia 381 126,942
Hesperia 382 91,757
Madera 383 62,559
Holtville 384 6,067
La Quinta 385 38,774
San Bernardino 386 213,044
Orange Cove 387 9,473
Chowchilla 388 18,411
Livingston 389 13,461
Fresno 390 506,132
San Diego 391 1,341,510
Guadalupe 392 7,160
Waterford 393 8,579
Coalinga 394 17,235
Delano 395 52,883
Gonzales 396 8,336
Perris 397 71,377
Bakersfield 398 358,700
Anaheim 399 342,973
Wasco 400 25,865
Williams 401 5,166
Calipatria 402 7,599
Menifee 403 81,658
Tulare 404 60,663
Huron 405 6,777
Kerman 406 14,110
Firebaugh 407 7,935
Adelanto 408 31,773
Arvin 409 20,028
Avenal 410 14,553
Mendota 411 11,360
Woodlake 412 7,452
Paradise 413 26,246
Corcoran 414 23,634

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