These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Delaware


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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 Delaware.

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 First 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 Delaware, 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 Delaware:

  1. Elsmere
  2. New Castle (Photos)
  3. Milford (Photos)
  4. Seaford (Photos)
  5. Newark (Photos)
  6. Wilmington (Photos)
  7. Smyrna (Photos)
  8. Dover (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 Delaware or the safest places to live in Delaware.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Delaware?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Delaware, 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 8 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 Delaware.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Elsmere.

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. Elsmere



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.95
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.65
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.65
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.74
Elsmere is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, bordering the city of Wilmington along Wilmington’s western border. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 6,131.

2. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.24
New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles (10 km) south of Wilmington, situated on the Delaware River. In 1900, 3,380 people lived here; in 1910, 3,351. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 5,285.

3. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.1
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Milford is a city in Kent and Sussex counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,559.

4. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

5. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.03
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Newark (/nurk/ NEW-ark)[note 1] is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.[citation needed]

6. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.04
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.29
Wilmington (Lenape: Paxahakink, Pakehakink) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

7. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.

8. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.03
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Dover (/dovr/) is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Delaware

If you’re measuring the locations in Delaware 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 Delaware:

  1. Dover
  2. Smyrna
  3. Wilmington

For more Delaware reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Delaware

City Rank Population
Elsmere 1 6,149
New Castle 2 5,346
Milford 3 9,882
Seaford 4 7,163
Newark 5 32,278
Wilmington 6 71,263
Smyrna 7 10,681
Dover 8 36,826

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