These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In Louisiana


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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 Louisiana.

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 Pelican 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 Louisiana, 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 Louisiana:

  1. Westwego (Photos)
  2. Port Allen (Photos)
  3. Gretna (Photos)
  4. Harahan (Photos)
  5. Ponchatoula (Photos)
  6. Grambling (Photos)
  7. Covington (Photos)
  8. Scott (Photos)
  9. Mandeville (Photos)
  10. Richwood

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 Louisiana or the safest places to live in Louisiana.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in Louisiana?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in Louisiana, 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 67 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 Louisiana.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Westwego.

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. Westwego

Westwego, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.28
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.05
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.41
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.34
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.93
Westwego is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 8,534 at the 2010 census. It lies along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

2. Port Allen

Port Allen, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.58
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.39
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.78
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.52

3. Gretna

Gretna, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 1.8
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.79
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.62
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.35
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.91
Gretna is the second-largest city and parish seat of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States. Gretna is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans. It is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 17,736 at the 2010 census.

4. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.54
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.43
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.75
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.39
Harahan is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 9,277 at the 2010 census.

5. Ponchatoula

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.3
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.44
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.59
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.63
Ponchatoula is a small city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,559 at the 2010 census. Ponchatoula is known as the ‘Strawberry Capital of the World’. It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Grambling

Grambling, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.2
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.6
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.8

7. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.76
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.66
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.33
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.87
Covington is a city in, and the parish seat of, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 8,765 at the 2010 census. It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River.

8. Scott

Scott, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.11
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.46
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.03
Scott is the fourth largest municipality in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population rose to over 8,000 according to the 2010 census results. Scott is a suburb of Lafayette and is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.99
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.25
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 0.83
Mandeville is a small city in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,560 at the 2010 census. Mandeville is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, south of Interstate 12. It is across the lake from the city of New Orleans and its southshore suburbs. It is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner metropolitan area.

10. Richwood



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.0
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.34
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.2

There You Have It — The Hippies Of Louisiana

If you’re measuring the locations in Louisiana 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 Louisiana:

  1. Crowley
  2. Bogalusa
  3. Abbeville

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Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In Louisiana

City Rank Population
Westwego 1 8,531
Port Allen 2 5,150
Gretna 3 17,801
Harahan 4 9,324
Ponchatoula 5 6,751
Grambling 6 5,015
Covington 7 9,151
Scott 8 8,775
Mandeville 9 12,102
Richwood 10 5,846
Gonzales 11 10,137
Hammond 12 20,207
West Monroe 13 13,073
Ruston 14 22,149
Denham Springs 15 10,148
Slidell 16 27,372
Carencro 17 8,084
Pineville 18 14,486
Baker 19 13,838
Thibodaux 20 14,570
Zachary 21 15,579
Monroe 22 49,455
Breaux Bridge 23 8,232
Youngsville 24 9,358
Plaquemine 25 7,055
Kenner 26 66,926
Houma 27 33,807
Alexandria 28 47,983
Central 29 27,505
Patterson 30 6,100
Natchitoches 31 18,460
Baton Rouge 32 229,353
St. Martinville 33 6,109
Springhill 34 5,239
Shreveport 35 200,692
Ville Platte 36 7,336
Leesville 37 6,656
Lake Charles 38 73,503
Deridder 39 10,846
Central 40 27,505
Bastrop 41 11,075
Mansfield 42 5,012
Lafayette 43 123,528
Central 44 27,505
Marksville 45 5,635
New Iberia 46 30,750
Franklin 47 7,483
Broussard 48 9,041
Sulphur 49 20,275
Minden 50 12,988
Opelousas 51 16,668
Rayne 52 7,984
Scott 53 8,775
Tallulah 54 7,267
Central 55 27,505
Eunice 56 10,325
Walker 57 6,176
Jeanerette 58 5,547
Oakdale 59 7,741
Jennings 60 10,265
New Orleans 61 368,471
Central 62 27,505
St. Gabriel 63 6,796
Donaldsonville 64 7,507
Abbeville 65 12,341
Bogalusa 66 12,071
Crowley 67 13,219

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