These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Iowa


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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 Iowa.

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 Hawkeye 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 Iowa, 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 Iowa:

  1. Coralville (Photos)
  2. Nevada (Photos)
  3. Clive (Photos)
  4. Hiawatha (Photos)
  5. Grimes (Photos)
  6. Decorah (Photos)
  7. Fairfield (Photos)
  8. Pleasant Hill (Photos)
  9. Eldridge (Photos)
  10. Johnston (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 Iowa.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Iowa?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Iowa, 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 76 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 Iowa.” We’re lookin’ at you, Coralville.

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. Coralville

Coralville, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,677
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.76
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.86

2. Nevada

Nevada, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,794
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.77
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.74
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.88
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.74
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.27

3. Clive

Clive, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,246
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.86
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.49
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.18
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.23

4. Hiawatha

Hiawatha, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,109
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.56
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.14
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.28
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.41
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.98

5. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,037
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.89
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.66

6. Decorah

Decorah, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,058
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.5
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.12
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.5

7. Fairfield

Fairfield, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,615
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.52
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.42
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.21
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.31
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.21

8. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,011
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.22
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.67

9. Eldridge

Eldridge, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,908
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.17
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.51
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.68

10. Johnston

Johnston, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,874
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.48
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.16
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.05
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.48

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Iowa 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 Iowa:

  1. Le Mars
  2. Knoxville
  3. Mount Pleasant

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Iowa

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Coralville 1 19,677 0.76
Nevada 2 6,794 1.77
Clive 3 16,246 0.86
Hiawatha 4 7,109 0.56
Grimes 5 9,037 0.89
Decorah 6 8,058 0.5
Fairfield 7 9,615 0.52
Pleasant Hill 8 9,011 0.22
Eldridge 9 5,908 0.34
Johnston 10 18,874 0.48
North Liberty 11 14,503 0.34
Nevada 12 6,794 0.15
Urbandale 13 41,157 0.39
Waukee 14 15,944 0.25
Bettendorf 15 34,247 0.18
Clear Lake 16 7,718 0.13
Grinnell 17 9,136 0.22
Marion 18 35,809 0.14
Maquoketa 19 6,064 0.16
Vinton 20 5,211 0.0
Harlan 21 5,047 0.0
Anamosa 22 5,526 0.18
Algona 23 5,513 0.18
Dubuque 24 58,068 0.15
Carroll 25 10,051 0.2
West Des Moines 26 59,815 0.15
Knoxville 27 7,257 0.14
Independence 28 5,955 0.0
Waterloo 29 68,392 0.03
Clinton 30 26,611 0.08
Denison 31 8,370 0.0
Cedar Falls 32 40,009 0.12
Atlantic 33 6,983 0.14
Burlington 34 25,559 0.04
Cedar Rapids 35 128,009 0.05
Altoona 36 15,317 0.13
Ames 37 61,276 0.05
Keokuk 38 10,742 0.0
Sioux Center 39 7,218 0.28
Fort Dodge 40 24,846 0.08
Fort Madison 41 10,929 0.0
Storm Lake 42 10,743 0.0
Boone 43 12,619 0.08
Council Bluffs 44 62,261 0.11
Ankeny 45 49,488 0.08
Oskaloosa 46 11,555 0.0
Waverly 47 9,998 0.0
Winterset 48 5,165 0.0
Davenport 49 101,316 0.08
Washington 50 7,315 0.0
Iowa Falls 51 5,193 0.0
Perry 52 7,986 0.0
Oelwein 53 6,321 0.0
Manchester 54 5,126 0.0
Cherokee 55 5,203 0.0
Pella 56 10,343 0.0
Creston 57 7,846 0.0
Estherville 58 6,177 0.0
Spencer 59 11,177 0.09
Des Moines 60 206,702 0.07
Muscatine 61 23,857 0.04
Norwalk 62 9,444 0.0
De Witt 63 5,297 0.0
Newton 64 15,139 0.0
Sheldon 65 5,047 0.0
Indianola 66 15,014 0.13
Centerville 67 5,480 0.0
Glenwood 68 5,253 0.19
Clarinda 69 5,490 0.0
Shenandoah 70 5,079 0.2
Marshalltown 71 27,749 0.0
Red Oak 72 5,644 0.0
Ottumwa 73 24,847 0.04
Mount Pleasant 74 8,682 0.0
Knoxville 75 7,257 0.0
Le Mars 76 9,783 0.0

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