These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Idaho


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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 Idaho.

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 Gem 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 Idaho, 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 Idaho:

  1. Sandpoint
  2. Middleton
  3. Chubbuck (Photos)
  4. Hayden
  5. Payette
  6. Ammon (Photos)
  7. Hailey (Photos)
  8. Moscow (Photos)
  9. Coeur D’Alene
  10. Lewiston (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 Idaho or the safest places to live in Idaho.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Idaho?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Idaho, 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 31 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 Idaho.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Sandpoint.

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. Sandpoint

Sandpoint, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.53
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.53
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.47
Sandpoint is the largest town in, and the county seat of, Bonner County, Idaho, United States. Its population was 7,365 at the 2010 census.

2. Middleton



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.68
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.85
Middleton is a city in Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,524 at the 2010 census, up from 2,978 in 2000. It is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.57

4. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.15
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.07
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.52
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Hayden is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Located in the northern portion of the state, it is a suburb of nearby Coeur d’Alene and its population was 13,294 at the 2010 census.

5. Payette

Payette, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.27
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.07
Payette is a city in and the county seat of Payette County, Idaho, United States. The population was 7,433 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ontario, ORID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.49
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.91
Ammon is an edge city of Idaho Falls in Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2010 US Census, the population of Ammon was 13,816.

7. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.13
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.88

8. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Moscow (/msko/ MOSS-koh) is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County, Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state’s land grant institution and primary research university, as well as the home of New Saint Andrews College, a Christian liberal arts college.

9. Coeur D’Alene

Coeur D

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.02
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Coeur d’Alene (/kr dlen/ ( listen) KOR d-LAYN) is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. It is the principal city of the Coeur d’Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Coeur d’Alene was 44,137. The city is a satellite city of Spokane, which is located about 30 miles (48 km) to the west, in the state of Washington. The two cities are the key components of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Combined Statistical Area, of which Coeur d’Alene is the third-largest city (after Spokane and its largest suburb, Spokane Valley). Coeur d’Alene is the largest city in northern Idaho Panhandle. The city is situated on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, 25 miles (40 km) in length. Locally, Coeur d’Alene is known as the ‘Lake City’, or simply called by its initials: ‘CDA’.

10. Lewiston

Lewiston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.09
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.06
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Lewiston is a city in north central Idaho and the county seat of Nez Perce County. It is the second-largest city in the northern Idaho region, behind Coeur d’Alene, and ninth-largest in the state. Lewiston is the principal city of the Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Nez Perce County and Asotin County, Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lewiston was 31,894, up from 30,904 in 2000.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Idaho

If you’re measuring the locations in Idaho 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 Idaho:

  1. Rupert
  2. Kuna
  3. Preston

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Idaho

City Rank Population
Sandpoint 1 7,497
Middleton 2 5,898
Chubbuck 3 14,117
Hayden 4 13,588
Payette 5 7,447
Ammon 6 14,257
Hailey 7 7,961
Moscow 8 24,406
Coeur D’Alene 9 45,848
Lewiston 10 32,178
Meridian 11 81,025
Caldwell 12 48,114
Twin Falls 13 45,362
Pocatello 14 54,466
Idaho Falls 15 57,935
Nampa 16 84,660
Weiser 17 5,407
Burley 18 10,352
Post Falls 19 28,786
Mountain Home 20 13,871
Star 21 6,379
Blackfoot 22 11,891
Eagle 23 21,102
Emmett 24 6,546
Star 25 6,379
Jerome 26 11,046
Rathdrum 27 7,046
Rexburg 28 26,301
Preston 29 5,172
Kuna 30 16,188
Rupert 31 5,583

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