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

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 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

Griffith, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,765
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

2. Dyer

Dyer, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,322
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

3. Beech Grove

Beech Grove, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,301
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

Population: 23,325
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

5. Clarksville

Clarksville, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,579
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

6. Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,012
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

7. Schererville

Schererville, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 29,082
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

8. Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,653
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

9. Lake Station

Lake Station, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,369
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

10. New Whiteland


Population: 5,646
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

There You Have It

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Griffith 1 16,765 0.48
Dyer 2 16,322 0.37
Beech Grove 3 14,301 0.42
Munster 4 23,325 0.3
Clarksville 5 21,579 0.51
Speedway 6 12,012 0.25
Schererville 7 29,082 0.24
Cedar Lake 8 11,653 0.26
Lake Station 9 12,369 0.08
New Whiteland 10 5,646 0.71
St. John 11 15,456 0.13
Ellettsville 12 6,352 0.16
Portland 13 6,408 0.31
Cumberland 14 5,243 0.19
New Albany 15 36,496 0.25
Avon 16 14,570 0.21
Lawrenceburg 17 5,022 0.2
Chesterton 18 13,894 0.36
Sellersburg 19 8,004 0.12
Mccordsville 20 5,037 0.99
Angola 21 8,610 0.23
Merrillville 22 35,262 0.14
West Lafayette 23 30,843 0.29
Hobart 24 29,136 0.1
Mishawaka 25 48,120 0.15
Crown Point 26 28,259 0.14
Jeffersonville 27 45,869 0.09
Lowell 28 9,347 0.0
Valparaiso 29 31,745 0.16
Rensselaer 30 5,787 0.0
Richmond 31 36,527 0.08
Plainfield 32 29,220 0.07
Warsaw 33 14,179 0.21
Lawrence 34 46,796 0.02
Bloomington 35 81,963 0.12
Greenwood 36 52,799 0.11
Carmel 37 83,474 0.19
Portage 38 37,008 0.03
Brownsburg 39 22,618 0.22
New Haven 40 15,612 0.26
East Chicago 41 29,387 0.03
Plymouth 42 10,048 0.1
Monticello 43 5,355 0.0
Westfield 44 32,426 0.19
North Vernon 45 6,736 0.15
Portland 46 6,408 0.0
Evansville 47 120,220 0.06
Muncie 48 70,035 0.03
Danville 49 9,258 0.11
Kokomo 50 56,958 0.05
Goshen 51 32,297 0.06
Jasper 52 15,177 0.13
Hammond 53 79,585 0.03
Lafayette 54 69,982 0.13
Wabash 55 10,534 0.0
Columbus 56 45,522 0.11
Princeton 57 8,600 0.0
Madison 58 12,033 0.0
Anderson 59 55,789 0.04
South Bend 60 100,422 0.06
Terre Haute 61 61,040 0.1
Vincennes 62 18,233 0.05
Martinsville 63 11,756 0.09
Tipton 64 5,288 0.0
Connersville 65 13,267 0.08
La Porte 66 22,153 0.09
Scottsburg 67 6,700 0.0
Bluffton 68 9,621 0.1
Elkhart 69 51,539 0.12
Logansport 70 17,933 0.06
Garrett 71 6,213 0.0
Huntingburg 72 6,489 0.15
Brazil 73 8,022 0.0
Peru 74 11,199 0.0
Nappanee 75 6,639 0.0
Auburn 76 12,972 0.0
Marion 77 29,403 0.03
New Castle 78 17,859 0.06
Noblesville 79 56,576 0.09
Alexandria 80 5,100 0.0
Fishers 81 81,060 0.12
Mount Vernon 82 6,607 0.0
Bedford 83 13,384 0.07
Seymour 84 18,686 0.05
Indianapolis 85 835,097 0.01
Gary 86 79,165 0.0
Westville 87 6,895 0.0
Boonville 88 6,220 0.0
Crawfordsville 89 15,988 0.0
Greencastle 90 10,307 0.0
Franklin 91 24,193 0.0
Washington 92 11,758 0.0
Fort Wayne 93 255,784 0.04
Zionsville 94 24,559 0.12
Lebanon 95 15,688 0.06
Greensburg 96 12,160 0.0
Salem 97 6,264 0.0
Elwood 98 8,569 0.0
Greenfield 99 21,012 0.0
Batesville 100 6,397 0.16

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