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. Hippie culture not your cup of tea? Check out the most conservative places 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

Population: 8,531
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

2. Port Allen

Port Allen, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,150
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

Population: 17,801
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

4. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,324
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

5. Ponchatoula

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,751
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

6. Grambling

Grambling, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,015
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

Population: 9,151
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

8. Scott

Scott, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,775
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

9. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,102
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

10. Richwood


Population: 5,846
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

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 Yoga Studios Per 1K People
Westwego 1 8,531 3.28
Port Allen 2 5,150 2.33
Gretna 3 17,801 1.8
Harahan 4 9,324 0.54
Ponchatoula 5 6,751 0.44
Grambling 6 5,015 0.2
Covington 7 9,151 0.76
Scott 8 8,775 0.34
Mandeville 9 12,102 0.99
Richwood 10 5,846 0.34
Gonzales 11 10,137 0.2
Hammond 12 20,207 0.2
West Monroe 13 13,073 0.23
Ruston 14 22,149 0.09
Denham Springs 15 10,148 0.2
Slidell 16 27,372 0.11
Carencro 17 8,084 0.0
Pineville 18 14,486 0.21
Baker 19 13,838 0.0
Thibodaux 20 14,570 0.07
Zachary 21 15,579 0.13
Monroe 22 49,455 0.06
Breaux Bridge 23 8,232 0.0
Youngsville 24 9,358 0.0
Plaquemine 25 7,055 0.0
Kenner 26 66,926 0.09
Houma 27 33,807 0.18
Alexandria 28 47,983 0.04
Central 29 27,505 0.04
Patterson 30 6,100 0.0
Natchitoches 31 18,460 0.05
Baton Rouge 32 229,353 0.06
St. Martinville 33 6,109 0.0
Springhill 34 5,239 0.0
Shreveport 35 200,692 0.03
Ville Platte 36 7,336 0.27
Leesville 37 6,656 0.15
Lake Charles 38 73,503 0.04
Deridder 39 10,846 0.09
Central 40 27,505 0.0
Bastrop 41 11,075 0.0
Mansfield 42 5,012 0.0
Lafayette 43 123,528 0.09
Central 44 27,505 0.0
Marksville 45 5,635 0.0
New Iberia 46 30,750 0.03
Franklin 47 7,483 0.0
Broussard 48 9,041 0.11
Sulphur 49 20,275 0.0
Minden 50 12,988 0.08
Opelousas 51 16,668 0.0
Rayne 52 7,984 0.0
Scott 53 8,775 0.0
Tallulah 54 7,267 0.0
Central 55 27,505 0.0
Eunice 56 10,325 0.0
Walker 57 6,176 0.0
Jeanerette 58 5,547 0.0
Oakdale 59 7,741 0.0
Jennings 60 10,265 0.0
New Orleans 61 368,471 0.0
Central 62 27,505 0.0
St. Gabriel 63 6,796 0.0
Donaldsonville 64 7,507 0.0
Abbeville 65 12,341 0.0
Bogalusa 66 12,071 0.0
Crowley 67 13,219 0.0

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