These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Connecticut


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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 Connecticut.

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 Constitution 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 Connecticut, 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 Connecticut:

  1. Groton (Photos)
  2. Derby (Photos)
  3. West Haven (Photos)
  4. Milford (Photos)
  5. New London (Photos)
  6. Naugatuck (Photos)
  7. Ansonia (Photos)
  8. New Britain (Photos)
  9. Shelton (Photos)
  10. Bristol (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 Connecticut.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Connecticut?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Connecticut, 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 21 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 Connecticut.” We’re lookin’ at you, Groton.

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. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.43
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.96

2. Derby

Derby, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,837
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.47

3. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,290
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.31

4. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,509
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.25

5. New London

New London, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,536
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.44

6. Naugatuck

Naugatuck, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,790
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.19

7. Ansonia

Ansonia, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,128
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.52

8. New Britain

New Britain, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,095
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.19

9. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,472
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.2

10. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,556
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.18

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Connecticut 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 Connecticut:

  1. Bridgeport
  2. Torrington
  3. Meriden

For more Connecticut reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Connecticut

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Groton 1 9,348 0.64
Derby 2 12,837 0.55
West Haven 3 55,290 0.25
Milford 4 51,509 0.33
New London 5 27,536 0.22
Naugatuck 6 31,790 0.22
Ansonia 7 19,128 0.31
New Britain 8 73,095 0.15
Shelton 9 40,472 0.22
Bristol 10 60,556 0.1
Stamford 11 125,401 0.22
Danbury 12 82,781 0.12
Norwich 13 40,378 0.15
New Haven 14 130,553 0.11
Middletown 15 47,424 0.11
Hartford 16 125,211 0.18
Norwalk 17 87,214 0.29
Waterbury 18 109,887 0.05
Meriden 19 60,616 0.03
Torrington 20 35,774 0.06
Bridgeport 21 146,680 0.07

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