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 (Photos)
  2. Middleton
  3. Chubbuck (Photos)
  4. Hayden (Photos)
  5. Payette (Photos)
  6. Ammon (Photos)
  7. Hailey (Photos)
  8. Moscow (Photos)
  9. Coeur D’Alene (Photos)
  10. Lewiston (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 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

Population: 7,497
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

2. Middleton


Population: 5,898
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

3. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,117
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: Flickr

Population: 13,588
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

5. Payette

Payette, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,447
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

6. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,257
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

7. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,961
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

Population: 24,406
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

9. Coeur D’Alene


Population: 45,848
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

10. Lewiston

Lewiston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,178
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

There You Have It

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

For more Idaho reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Idaho

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Sandpoint 1 7,497 0.53
Middleton 2 5,898 0.51
Chubbuck 3 14,117 0.21
Hayden 4 13,588 0.15
Payette 5 7,447 0.13
Ammon 6 14,257 0.35
Hailey 7 7,961 0.13
Moscow 8 24,406 0.2
Coeur D’Alene 9 45,848 0.22
Lewiston 10 32,178 0.06
Meridian 11 81,025 0.09
Caldwell 12 48,114 0.08
Twin Falls 13 45,362 0.02
Pocatello 14 54,466 0.07
Idaho Falls 15 57,935 0.12
Nampa 16 84,660 0.07
Weiser 17 5,407 0.0
Burley 18 10,352 0.0
Post Falls 19 28,786 0.03
Mountain Home 20 13,871 0.07
Star 21 6,379 0.0
Blackfoot 22 11,891 0.0
Eagle 23 21,102 0.05
Emmett 24 6,546 0.0
Star 25 6,379 0.0
Jerome 26 11,046 0.0
Rathdrum 27 7,046 0.0
Rexburg 28 26,301 0.08
Preston 29 5,172 0.0
Kuna 30 16,188 0.0
Rupert 31 5,583 0.0

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