These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Florida


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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 Florida.

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 Sunshine 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 Florida, 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 Florida:

  1. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (Photos)
  2. Pembroke Park (Photos)
  3. West Miami
  4. Wilton Manors (Photos)
  5. Bay Harbor Islands
  6. Surfside (Photos)
  7. South Miami (Photos)
  8. West Park (Photos)
  9. Palm Beach (Photos)
  10. Lake Park (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 Florida.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Florida?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Florida, 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 205 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 Florida.” We’re lookin’ at you, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

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. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea


Population: 6,241
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.04
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.76
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.76
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 6.09

2. Pembroke Park

Pembroke Park, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,220
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.86
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.29
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.22
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.98

3. West Miami


Population: 6,197
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.97
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.58
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.55

4. Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,994
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.17
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.5
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.5

5. Bay Harbor Islands


Population: 5,847
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 5.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.03
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.2
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.79

6. Surfside

Surfside, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,927
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.56
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.01
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.37

7. South Miami

South Miami, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,036
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.5
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.33

8. West Park

West Park, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,604
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.3
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.92

9. Palm Beach

Palm Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,344
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.44
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.07

10. Lake Park

Lake Park, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,317
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.2
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.84
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.72
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.72
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.61

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Florida 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 Florida:

  1. Green Cove Springs
  2. Cape Coral
  3. Callaway

For more Florida reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Florida

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 1 6,241 3.04
Pembroke Park 2 6,220 3.86
West Miami 3 6,197 5.33
Wilton Manors 4 11,994 2.17
Bay Harbor Islands 5 5,847 5.64
Surfside 6 5,927 4.56
South Miami 7 12,036 2.33
West Park 8 14,604 1.64
Palm Beach 9 8,344 2.28
Lake Park 10 8,317 1.2
Lighthouse Point 11 10,693 0.94
Miami Shores 12 10,736 2.14
Maitland 13 16,273 1.41
Southwest Ranches 14 7,583 1.58
Tequesta 15 5,756 2.08
Neptune Beach 16 6,733 3.71
Belle Isle 17 6,265 0.96
Lantana 18 10,822 1.29
North Palm Beach 19 12,272 1.22
Gulfport 20 12,102 2.07
Indian Harbour Beach 21 8,254 0.85
Longwood 22 13,776 1.09
Holly Hill 23 11,680 1.63
Treasure Island 24 6,749 2.52
South Daytona 25 12,265 0.73
St. Augustine Beach 26 6,422 2.49
Sunny Isles Beach 27 21,583 0.88
Dania Beach 28 30,531 0.69
Miami Springs 29 14,255 0.84
Oldsmar 30 13,730 0.95
Pinecrest 31 18,914 0.74
Lauderdale Lakes 32 33,710 0.42
Seminole 33 17,477 0.97
Palm Springs 34 21,302 1.17
Atlantic Beach 35 12,840 1.4
Safety Harbor 36 17,017 0.76
Oakland Park 37 42,795 0.54
Winter Park 38 28,771 0.97
New Port Richey 39 15,063 0.4
Lake Mary 40 14,605 0.68
St. Pete Beach 41 9,408 1.17
Satellite Beach 42 10,262 0.58
Orange Park 43 8,472 0.83
St. Augustine 44 13,440 1.19
Opa-Locka 45 15,867 0.57
Parkland 46 25,895 0.54
Hallandale Beach 47 38,270 0.6
Sweetwater 48 20,562 0.44
Minneola 49 9,849 0.61
Stuart 50 15,850 0.88
Casselberry 51 26,520 0.72
Vero Beach 52 15,577 0.58
Aventura 53 36,979 0.62
Palmetto 54 12,856 0.62
Brooksville 55 7,725 0.26
North Miami Beach 56 43,028 0.58
Inverness 57 7,205 0.14
Tavares 58 14,343 0.56
Naples 59 20,214 1.04
Jacksonville Beach 60 21,822 1.1
Mount Dora 61 12,663 0.63
Palmetto Bay 62 24,214 0.29
West Melbourne 63 19,208 0.36
Riviera Beach 64 33,123 0.24
Gulf Breeze 65 5,984 1.0
Fernandina Beach 66 11,851 0.51
Springfield 67 9,095 0.33
Cocoa Beach 68 11,287 0.89
Valparaiso 69 5,109 0.39
Cocoa 70 17,261 0.17
Venice 71 21,121 0.38
Altamonte Springs 72 41,889 0.43
Eustis 73 18,920 0.42
Hialeah Gardens 74 22,660 0.4
Okeechobee 75 5,581 0.18
North Lauderdale 76 42,354 0.21
Lake Worth 77 35,903 0.45
Sebring 78 10,356 0.1
Margate 79 54,929 0.18
Tamarac 80 62,478 0.14
Lynn Haven 81 19,049 0.21
Coral Gables 82 49,319 0.43
Destin 83 12,840 0.39
Royal Palm Beach 84 35,482 0.17
Tarpon Springs 85 23,789 0.21
Miami Beach 86 90,669 0.47
Alachua 87 9,291 0.43
North Miami 88 60,756 0.48
Deerfield Beach 89 77,341 0.28
Temple Terrace 90 25,098 0.12
Dunedin 91 35,538 0.25
Greenacres 92 38,444 0.36
Lauderhill 93 69,082 0.12
Marathon 94 8,529 0.35
New Smyrna Beach 95 22,993 0.22
Sarasota 96 52,986 0.47
Rockledge 97 25,477 0.2
Ocoee 98 38,340 0.16
Sanibel 99 6,761 0.44
Coconut Creek 100 55,590 0.13

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