These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Colorado


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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 Colorado.

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 Centennial 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 Colorado, 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 Colorado:

  1. Sheridan (Photos)
  2. Edgewater (Photos)
  3. Federal Heights (Photos)
  4. Superior (Photos)
  5. Aspen (Photos)
  6. Manitou Springs (Photos)
  7. Englewood (Photos)
  8. Louisville (Photos)
  9. Gunnison (Photos)
  10. Salida (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 Colorado.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Colorado?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Colorado, 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 72 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 Colorado.” We’re lookin’ at you, Sheridan.

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. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,819
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.5
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 3.27
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.23
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 7.22

2. Edgewater

Edgewater, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,217
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 11.31
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 3.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.88
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 4.98
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 9.58

3. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,835
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.76
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.45

4. Superior

Superior, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,716
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.87
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.87
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.71
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.71

5. Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,700
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.19
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.75

6. Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,175
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.29
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.97
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.74
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.71

7. Englewood

Englewood, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,298
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.09
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.38
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.05

8. Louisville

Louisville, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,171
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.57
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.63

9. Gunnison

Gunnison, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,927
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.84
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.67
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.84

10. Salida

Salida, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,329
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.94
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.13

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Colorado 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 Colorado:

  1. Sterling
  2. Lamar
  3. Brush

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Colorado

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Sheridan 1 5,819 5.5
Edgewater 2 5,217 11.31
Federal Heights 3 11,835 0.51
Superior 4 12,716 0.87
Aspen 5 6,700 1.19
Manitou Springs 6 5,175 3.29
Englewood 7 31,298 1.09
Louisville 8 19,171 0.68
Gunnison 9 5,927 0.84
Salida 10 5,329 0.94
Lone Tree 11 12,328 0.97
Steamboat Springs 12 12,044 0.5
Wheat Ridge 13 30,655 0.65
Durango 14 17,268 0.75
Vail 15 5,280 1.14
Littleton 16 43,710 0.57
Lafayette 17 25,812 0.58
Monument 18 6,226 0.48
Estes Park 19 6,022 0.66
Golden 20 19,759 0.66
Avon 21 6,384 1.1
Carbondale 22 6,464 0.93
Castle Pines 23 10,626 0.66
Northglenn 24 37,075 0.32
Glenwood Springs 25 9,668 0.41
Erie 26 19,305 0.26
Castle Pines 27 10,626 0.56
Cortez 28 8,515 0.12
Trinidad 29 8,657 0.35
Eagle 30 6,511 0.15
Broomfield 31 59,027 0.36
Boulder 32 102,002 0.37
Delta 33 8,801 0.11
Evans 34 19,535 0.1
Alamosa 35 9,427 0.21
Milliken 36 5,837 0.17
Centennial 37 104,213 0.23
Rifle 38 9,397 0.21
Woodland Park 39 7,187 0.42
Montrose 40 19,018 0.11
Longmont 41 88,547 0.11
Westminster 42 109,296 0.15
Berthoud 43 5,323 0.19
Grand Junction 44 59,731 0.2
Brighton 45 35,004 0.03
Loveland 46 70,093 0.21
Gypsum 47 6,587 0.15
Fort Morgan 48 11,397 0.0
Frederick 49 9,636 0.21
Firestone 50 10,908 0.09
Arvada 51 109,800 0.12
Fort Collins 52 149,627 0.17
Lochbuie 53 5,127 0.0
Windsor 54 19,865 0.15
Thornton 55 124,707 0.05
Castle Rock 56 51,802 0.21
Lakewood 57 145,880 0.1
Craig 58 9,092 0.0
Denver 59 633,777 0.03
La Junta 60 7,040 0.0
Pueblo 61 107,706 0.04
Greeley 62 95,677 0.04
Fort Lupton 63 7,595 0.0
Fountain 64 26,881 0.04
Parker 65 47,515 0.15
Fruita 66 12,702 0.24
Wellington 67 6,634 0.15
Aurora 68 339,480 0.0
Colorado Springs 69 433,547 0.06
Brush 70 5,493 0.0
Lamar 71 7,810 0.0
Sterling 72 14,709 0.0

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