These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Kentucky


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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 Kentucky.

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 Bluegrass 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 Kentucky, 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 Kentucky:

  1. Douglass Hills
  2. Dayton (Photos)
  3. Bellevue (Photos)
  4. Middletown (Photos)
  5. Lyndon (Photos)
  6. St. Matthews (Photos)
  7. Fort Wright (Photos)
  8. Fort Mitchell
  9. Shively (Photos)
  10. Newport (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 Kentucky.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Kentucky?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Kentucky, 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 81 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 Kentucky.” We’re lookin’ at you, Douglass Hills.

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. Douglass Hills


Population: 5,566
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.98
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.72
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.26
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.26
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.59

2. Dayton

Dayton, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,382
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 6.69
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.49
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.3
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 4.09
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 5.2

3. Bellevue

Bellevue, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,933
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 6.07
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 3.71
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.71

4. Middletown

Middletown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,333
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.82
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.41
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.55
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.59
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.91

5. Lyndon

Lyndon, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,167
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.61
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.36
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.24

6. St. Matthews

St. Matthews, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,686
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.62
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.07

7. Fort Wright

Fort Wright, Kentucky

Source: Http://Www.Fortwright.Com

Population: 5,726
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.75
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.7
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.57
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.32

8. Fort Mitchell


Population: 8,209
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.46
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.24
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.61
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.22
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.31

9. Shively

Shively, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,450
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.32
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.52
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.68

10. Newport

Newport, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,467
Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.81
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.45
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.26
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.1
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.16

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Kentucky 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 Kentucky:

  1. Wilmore
  2. Williamsburg
  3. Georgetown

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Kentucky

City Rank Population Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Douglass Hills 1 5,566 1.98
Dayton 2 5,382 6.69
Bellevue 3 5,933 6.07
Middletown 4 7,333 0.82
Lyndon 5 11,167 1.61
St. Matthews 6 17,686 1.64
Fort Wright 7 5,726 1.75
Fort Mitchell 8 8,209 1.46
Shively 9 15,450 0.26
Newport 10 15,467 1.81
Highland Heights 11 7,152 0.84
Elsmere 12 8,451 0.71
Villa Hills 13 7,359 1.22
Fort Thomas 14 16,250 1.54
Edgewood 15 8,665 0.69
Jeffersontown 16 26,862 0.48
Erlanger 17 18,370 0.54
Union 18 5,569 0.72
Taylor Mill 19 6,682 0.6
Flatwoods 20 7,483 0.13
Cold Spring 21 6,093 0.49
Bardstown 22 12,833 0.08
Elizabethtown 23 29,464 0.07
Frankfort 24 27,389 0.04
Middletown 25 7,333 0.0
Covington 26 40,712 0.22
Bowling Green 27 60,660 0.1
Ashland 28 21,551 0.05
Paducah 29 25,046 0.28
Owensboro 30 58,000 0.1
Vine Grove 31 5,296 0.0
Florence 32 31,038 0.19
Franklin 33 8,563 0.0
Oak Grove 34 7,522 0.13
Murray 35 18,375 0.05
Hillview 36 7,785 0.0
Lebanon 37 5,594 0.0
Independence 38 25,638 0.12
Berea 39 14,209 0.14
Pikeville 40 7,313 0.14
London 41 8,062 0.25
Morehead 42 6,896 0.0
La Grange 43 8,283 0.0
Georgetown 44 30,349 0.03
Madisonville 45 19,807 0.05
Henderson 46 28,840 0.03
Hopkinsville 47 32,507 0.0
Paris 48 9,746 0.0
Alexandria 49 8,654 0.0
Versailles 50 8,908 0.0
Monticello 51 6,163 0.0
Campbellsville 52 11,126 0.09
Danville 53 16,471 0.12
Glasgow 54 14,152 0.07
Hazard 55 5,453 0.0
Corbin 56 7,051 0.14
Richmond 57 32,706 0.06
Somerset 58 11,311 0.09
Shelbyville 59 14,558 0.0
Mayfield 60 10,091 0.0
Leitchfield 61 6,781 0.0
Princeton 62 6,274 0.0
Shepherdsville 63 11,573 0.0
Lawrenceburg 64 11,014 0.09
Nicholasville 65 28,483 0.04
Mount Washington 66 11,956 0.08
Middlesborough 67 10,035 0.1
Radcliff 68 22,939 0.0
Harrodsburg 69 8,359 0.0
Russellville 70 6,998 0.0
Middletown 71 7,333 0.0
Mount Sterling 72 7,030 0.0
Winchester 73 18,363 0.0
Maysville 74 8,951 0.0
Union 75 5,569 0.0
Elizabethtown 76 29,464 0.0
Elizabethtown 77 29,464 0.0
Cynthiana 78 6,388 0.0
Georgetown 79 30,349 0.03
Williamsburg 80 5,260 0.0
Wilmore 81 5,995 0.0

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