These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Illinois


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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 Illinois.

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 Prairie 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 Illinois, 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 Illinois:

  1. Northfield (Photos)
  2. Lincolnwood
  3. Broadview (Photos)
  4. North Riverside (Photos)
  5. Berkeley (Photos)
  6. Hillside (Photos)
  7. Countryside (Photos)
  8. Riverside (Photos)
  9. Stickney (Photos)
  10. Harwood Heights (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 Illinois.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Illinois?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Illinois, 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 339 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 Illinois.” We’re lookin’ at you, Northfield.

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. Northfield

Northfield, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,332
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.5
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.88
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.31
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.25
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.06

2. Lincolnwood


Population: 12,653
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.5
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.79
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.58

3. Broadview

Broadview, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,956
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.52
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.26
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.13
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.51
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.27

4. North Riverside

North Riverside, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,940
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.18
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.01
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.72
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.18

5. Berkeley

Berkeley, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,219
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.34
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.77
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.72
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.6

6. Hillside

Hillside, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,192
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.95
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.85
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.22
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.1
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.44

7. Countryside

Countryside, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,974
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.51
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.5
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.52

8. Riverside

Riverside, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,915
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.92
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.79
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.56
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.79
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.37

9. Stickney

Stickney, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,810
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.32
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.73
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.03
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.26

10. Harwood Heights

Harwood Heights, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,656
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.16
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.81
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.7

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Illinois 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 Illinois:

  1. Sumner
  2. West Frankfort
  3. Decatur

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Illinois

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Northfield 1 5,332 4.5
Lincolnwood 2 12,653 4.5
Broadview 3 7,956 3.52
North Riverside 4 6,940 4.18
Berkeley 5 5,219 1.34
Hillside 6 8,192 1.95
Countryside 7 5,974 2.51
Riverside 8 8,915 2.92
Stickney 9 6,810 1.32
Harwood Heights 10 8,656 1.16
Orland Hills 11 7,252 1.38
La Grange Park 12 13,624 1.83
Olympia Fields 13 5,022 1.0
Glencoe 14 8,824 2.95
Lyons 15 10,667 1.22
Inverness 16 7,516 2.0
Oak Brook 17 7,967 2.26
Western Springs 18 13,066 1.3
Highwood 19 5,400 3.7
Willowbrook 20 8,607 1.98
Willow Springs 21 5,692 1.05
Lincolnshire 22 7,270 2.75
Lynwood 23 9,260 0.54
River Grove 24 10,268 1.66
Peoria Heights 25 6,056 1.16
Winnetka 26 12,366 2.18
Clarendon Hills 27 8,548 1.52
Norridge 28 14,713 0.82
Long Grove 29 8,017 2.12
Summit 30 11,367 1.06
Brookfield 31 19,022 1.31
Robbins 32 5,221 0.57
River Forest 33 11,211 1.78
Westchester 34 16,786 1.01
Spring Valley 35 5,441 2.39
Forest Park 36 14,202 1.62
Schiller Park 37 11,842 0.76
Calumet Park 38 8,189 0.73
Flossmoor 39 9,339 0.43
La Grange 40 15,675 0.89
Milan 41 5,122 0.39
Prospect Heights 42 16,344 1.28
Northlake 43 12,368 0.65
Bellwood 44 19,149 1.04
Palos Heights 45 12,572 1.03
Glenwood 46 9,040 0.33
Winfield 47 9,368 1.49
Wilmette 48 27,345 1.17
Barrington 49 10,830 1.48
West Dundee 50 7,367 1.09
Posen 51 5,934 0.34
Round Lake Park 52 7,758 0.64
Gilberts 53 7,256 0.83
Hinsdale 54 16,898 1.01
Warrenville 55 13,361 1.5
Morton Grove 56 23,424 0.85
Swansea 57 13,870 0.36
Itasca 58 8,579 0.93
Rolling Meadows 59 23,646 0.89
Justice 60 13,001 0.77
Maywood 61 24,148 0.87
Melrose Park 62 25,514 1.06
East Alton 63 6,231 0.64
Savoy 64 7,835 0.77
Johnsburg 65 6,322 0.79
Niles 66 29,939 0.43
Deerfield 67 18,476 1.24
University Park 68 6,852 0.29
Shiloh 69 12,706 0.24
Matteson 70 19,097 0.31
Silvis 71 7,525 0.13
Franklin Park 72 18,389 1.09
Crestwood 73 11,006 0.64
Elmwood Park 74 24,960 0.76
Lisle 75 22,626 1.02
Maryville 76 7,727 0.65
Hazel Crest 77 14,102 0.35
Lake Bluff 78 5,867 0.85
Burr Ridge 79 10,678 1.12
Skokie 80 65,056 0.71
Westmont 81 25,236 0.52
Cahokia 82 14,905 0.74
Shorewood 83 16,186 0.49
Hickory Hills 84 14,117 0.43
Libertyville 85 20,398 0.49
Villa Park 86 22,073 0.63
Country Club Hills 87 16,752 0.48
Markham 88 12,625 0.24
Northbrook 89 33,396 0.63
Bridgeview 90 16,550 0.3
Midlothian 91 14,901 0.54
Glen Ellyn 92 27,394 0.66
Centreville 93 5,208 0.58
Lakemoor 94 6,576 0.76
Steger 95 9,569 0.31
Bensenville 96 18,457 0.33
Willowbrook 97 8,607 0.0
Alsip 98 19,385 0.41
Worth 99 10,827 0.46
Richton Park 100 13,718 0.07

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