These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Indiana


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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 Indiana.

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 Hoosier 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 Indiana, 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 Indiana:

  1. Griffith
  2. Dyer
  3. Beech Grove (Photos)
  4. Munster (Photos)
  5. Clarksville (Photos)
  6. Speedway (Photos)
  7. Schererville
  8. Cedar Lake (Photos)
  9. Lake Station
  10. New Whiteland

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 Indiana or the safest places to live in Indiana.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Indiana?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Indiana, 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 114 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 Indiana.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Griffith.

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. Griffith



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.25
Griffith is a town in Calumet and St. John townships in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 16,893 at the 2010 census.

2. Dyer

Dyer, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.37
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.43
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.61
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.92
Dyer is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 16,390 at the 2010 census. It lies in the Chicago metropolitan area, 30 miles southeast of The Chicago Loop, and 12 miles from Chicago’s south side.

3. Beech Grove

Beech Grove, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.49
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.61

4. Munster

Munster, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.47
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.94
Munster is a town located in North Township, Lake County, in Northwest Indiana, United States. This bedroom community lies in the Chicago metropolitan area, approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the Chicago Loop, and shares municipal boundaries with Hammond to the north, Highland to the east, Dyer and Schererville to the south and Lansing and Lynwood directly west of the Illinois border. The 2010 U.S. Census counted the town’s population at 23,603.

5. Clarksville

Clarksville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.19
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.07
Clarksville is a town in Clark County, Indiana, United States, along the Ohio River and is a part of the Louisville Metropolitan area. The population was 21,724 at the 2010 census. The town was founded in 1783 by early resident George Rogers Clark at the only seasonal rapids on the entire Ohio River, it is the oldest American town in the former Northwest Territory. The town is home to the Colgate clock, one of the largest clocks in the world and the Falls of the Ohio State Park, home to the world’s largest exposed Devonian period fossil bed.

6. Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.0
Speedway is a town in Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,812 at the 2010 census. Speedway is home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; it is an enclave of Indianapolis.

7. Schererville



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.52
Schererville is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,243 at the 2010 census.

8. Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Cedar Lake is a town in Hanover and Center townships, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,560 at the 2010 census. The town is known for Cedar Lake (formerly Lake of the Red Cedars, Armour).

9. Lake Station



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.08
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.4
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.65
Lake Station is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,572 at the 2010 census.

10. New Whiteland



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.71
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.53
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.06
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.06
New Whiteland is a town in Pleasant Township, Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,472 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Indiana

If you’re measuring the locations in Indiana 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 Indiana:

  1. North Manchester
  2. Linton
  3. Charlestown

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Indiana

City Rank Population
Griffith 1 16,765
Dyer 2 16,322
Beech Grove 3 14,301
Munster 4 23,325
Clarksville 5 21,579
Speedway 6 12,012
Schererville 7 29,082
Cedar Lake 8 11,653
Lake Station 9 12,369
New Whiteland 10 5,646
St. John 11 15,456
Ellettsville 12 6,352
Portland 13 6,408
Cumberland 14 5,243
New Albany 15 36,496
Avon 16 14,570
Lawrenceburg 17 5,022
Chesterton 18 13,894
Sellersburg 19 8,004
Mccordsville 20 5,037
Angola 21 8,610
Merrillville 22 35,262
West Lafayette 23 30,843
Hobart 24 29,136
Mishawaka 25 48,120
Crown Point 26 28,259
Jeffersonville 27 45,869
Lowell 28 9,347
Valparaiso 29 31,745
Rensselaer 30 5,787
Richmond 31 36,527
Plainfield 32 29,220
Warsaw 33 14,179
Lawrence 34 46,796
Bloomington 35 81,963
Greenwood 36 52,799
Carmel 37 83,474
Portage 38 37,008
Brownsburg 39 22,618
New Haven 40 15,612
East Chicago 41 29,387
Plymouth 42 10,048
Monticello 43 5,355
Westfield 44 32,426
North Vernon 45 6,736
Portland 46 6,408
Evansville 47 120,220
Muncie 48 70,035
Danville 49 9,258
Kokomo 50 56,958
Goshen 51 32,297
Jasper 52 15,177
Hammond 53 79,585
Lafayette 54 69,982
Wabash 55 10,534
Columbus 56 45,522
Princeton 57 8,600
Madison 58 12,033
Anderson 59 55,789
South Bend 60 100,422
Terre Haute 61 61,040
Vincennes 62 18,233
Martinsville 63 11,756
Tipton 64 5,288
Connersville 65 13,267
La Porte 66 22,153
Scottsburg 67 6,700
Bluffton 68 9,621
Elkhart 69 51,539
Logansport 70 17,933
Garrett 71 6,213
Huntingburg 72 6,489
Brazil 73 8,022
Peru 74 11,199
Nappanee 75 6,639
Auburn 76 12,972
Marion 77 29,403
New Castle 78 17,859
Noblesville 79 56,576
Alexandria 80 5,100
Fishers 81 81,060
Mount Vernon 82 6,607
Bedford 83 13,384
Seymour 84 18,686
Indianapolis 85 835,097
Gary 86 79,165
Westville 87 6,895
Boonville 88 6,220
Crawfordsville 89 15,988
Greencastle 90 10,307
Franklin 91 24,193
Washington 92 11,758
Fort Wayne 93 255,784
Zionsville 94 24,559
Lebanon 95 15,688
Greensburg 96 12,160
Salem 97 6,264
Elwood 98 8,569
Greenfield 99 21,012
Batesville 100 6,397
Decatur 101 9,511
Rochester 102 6,151
Frankfort 103 16,488
Huntington 104 17,284
Shelbyville 105 19,216
Rushville 106 6,314
Bargersville 107 6,324
La Porte 108 22,153
Mooresville 109 9,459
La Porte 110 22,153
Kendallville 111 9,847
Charlestown 112 7,802
Linton 113 5,368
North Manchester 114 6,080

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